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Man Sentenced to 71 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Handgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who fled the scene of a traffic stop while intoxicated and carrying a loaded pistol in his waistband was sentenced today to 71 months in federal prison.


Darryl Lee Williams, age 30, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 25, 2017, guilty plea to possessing a firearm as a felon and domestic violence misdemeanant.


At sentencing, United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade recounted how Williams fled from the police while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.  After apprehending Williams, officers found a loaded 9-millimeter pistol, marijuana, and a half-empty bottle of tequila on his person.  Judge Reade also noted Williams’ extensive criminal history, including prior convictions for assaulting police officers.


Williams was sentenced to 71 months’ imprisonment and a special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Williams is being held in United States Marshals custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.


The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force.  The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-25.


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Updated October 5, 2017

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