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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Waterloo Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

A man who illegally possessed multiple firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison.

Paris Clevont’e Lyes, age 22, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 21, 2017, guilty plea to possessing firearms and ammunition as an illegal drug user.  At the guilty plea, Lyes admitted he possessed a Glock 9mm pistol, a Mossberg .22 caliber pistol, a Romarm Model Mini Draco 7.62x39mm pistol, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition.

Lyes was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lyes was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment and fined $5,000.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-cr-2057.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated February 23, 2018