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Waterloo Felon Sentenced to Over Four Years For Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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

A Waterloo man who possessed a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense was sentenced today to more than four years in federal prison.

Brady Lee Morgan, age 25, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 13, 2018 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Evidence during the case showed Morgan was in possession of a firearm after police received information that he was in possession of a firearm and cocaine.  Police located Morgan at a residence in Waterloo and arrested him pursuant to a previously issued state warrant.  Immediately next to Morgan, in a bag, was a firearm as well as drug packaging material.  Morgan had previously been convicted of assault causing serious injury after participating in a fight that permanently left the victim without the use of one eye.

Morgan was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Morgan was sentenced to 57 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.

Morgan 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 Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Waterloo Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-2030.

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Updated February 8, 2019

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