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Waterloo Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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

A prohibited person who possessed a firearm pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ezekiel Menteer, age 23, of Waterloo, was convicted of one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.  At the plea hearing, Menteer admitted that, in January 2022, he possessed a Kimber pistol after having been convicted of a felony and while being an unlawful drug user.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Menteer remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Menteer faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is CR 23-2009.

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Updated August 11, 2023

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