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Waterloo Man Sentenced to Over a Decade in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms as a Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Unlawfully Possessed Loaded Weapon After Having Pled Guilty to Other Offense of Unlawfully Possessing Firearm as a Felon

A man who unlawfully possessed a loaded handgun while awaiting sentencing on another federal firearms offense was sentenced today to 92 months in federal prison.  The court ordered the sentence to be served consecutively to a sentence imposed in November 2019 for another felon in possession conviction, meaning the entire sentence imposed for both offenses is more than 11 years in prison.

Shevin Caston, age 30, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possessing a firearm as a felon.  Statements at sentencing indicated that, just six days prior to being sentenced in federal court on another felon in possession conviction, Caston possessed the loaded weapon while in the backseat of a car in Waterloo.      

Caston was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Caston is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jake Schunk and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  

Court file information at

The case file number for this matter is 20-CR-2033-CJW-MAR.  The case file number for the previous matter involving this defendant is 19-CR-2032-CJW-MAR. 

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Updated August 9, 2021

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