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Man Who Was Subject to an Order of Protection and Illegally Possessed Gun Sentenced to Federal Prison

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

A man who possessed a firearm while subject to an order of protection was sentenced today to more than one year in federal prison.

Dishad Anthony Holmes, age 18, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 31, 2019, guilty plea to possession of a firearm while subject to an order of protection.

At the guilty plea, Holmes admitted in September 2018, he took an American Tactical Imports Omni Hybrid 5.56 rifle to another person’s home in Cedar Rapids.  Probation officers later discovered the firearm, which was equipped with a high capacity magazine, in the home. 

Holmes was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Holmes was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Holmes is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force and the High Risk Unit of the Sixth Judicial District Probation Department.  The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-cr-0118.

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Updated May 28, 2019

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