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Multiple-Time Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Gun Found in His Home

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Has prior felonies involving guns

A man who had previously been convicted of committing multiple crimes involving guns was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Kalon Deon Bruce, age 29, from Atlanta, Georgia, received the prison term after a December 6, 2021 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

In June 2021, Bruce possessed a gun that was recovered by the Waterloo Police Department during a search of the home where he was living in Waterloo, Iowa.  Bruce had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including two convictions for interference with official acts while in possession of a firearm, theft, trafficking in stolen weapons, and eluding.

Bruce was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Bruce was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Bruce is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and the Cedar Falls Police Department.  

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

Court file information at  
The case file number is 21-cr-2063.

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Updated June 17, 2022

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