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

A man who used marijuana and possessed a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense pled guilty on February 27, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Andre Kase, Jr., age 20, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful user of marijuana.

At the plea hearing, Kase admitted that on October 8, 2012, Cedar Rapids police officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary in progress. Upon arriving in the area, officers found Kase in possession of a stolen Smith and Wesson .380 caliber handgun. Kase admitted that he was a marijuana user and that he had been convicted of Burglary on September 19, 2012.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Kase remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Kase faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-0084.

Updated February 19, 2015