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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Waterloo Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a .45 Caliber Handgun

Crashed Stolen Car into a Utility Pool While Fleeing Police

A two-time convicted felon and methamphetamine user who unlawfully possessed a firearm was sentenced September 11, 2018, to more than 6 years in federal prison.

Gage Tyler Bondy, age 22, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 24, 2018, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Court documents show that in the early morning of February 19, 2018, Bondy stole a car parked in front of a house in Waterloo.  Officers located the car, but Bondy sped away from the officers, going over 90 miles per hour, until he crashed into a utility pole.  Officers found a Ruger .45 caliber handgun in Bondy’s waistband and a used methamphetamine syringe in his sock.  They transported Bondy to a local hospital.

Bondy was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade to 77 months’ imprisonment.  Bondy 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”), 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.

Bondy is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

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

The case file number is 18-CR-20.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated September 12, 2018