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Gun crimes land Waterloo men in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two men who illegally possessed concealed handguns following a fight at a Waterloo liquor store will each serve time in federal prison.

Dai’Sean Battles, 21, from Waterloo, will serve almost four years’ in prison following his September 21, 2012 guilty plea to possession of a firearm as a felon. Irvin Johnson Jr., 20, also from Waterloo, was sentenced to over one year imprisonment after his September 18, 2012 guilty plea to possession of a firearm as an unlawful drug user.

According to their plea agreements and information presented at their sentencing hearings, Battles and Johnson were observed by police leaving the scene of a fight at a Waterloo liquor store on May 26, 2012. They flagged down a passing motorist for a ride and got inside the motorist’s vehicle. Battles and Johnson were each carrying concealed loaded firearms. When police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, Battles threw a Glock 27 .40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number out the window where it was recovered by police. Johnson hid a Browning Buckmark .22 caliber pistol underneath the seat in the vehicle. Battles and Johnson were each on probation at the time; Battles for his 2010 conviction for possessing cocaine with intent to deliver and Johnson for a February 2012 conviction for carrying weapons.

Battles and Johnson were each sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Battles was sentenced on January 17, 2013 to 46 months’ imprisonment. Johnson was sentenced on February 5, 2013 to 15 months’ imprisonment, with the sentence running consecutively to a sentence he received as a result of violating his probation. Each must pay a special assessment of $100. They must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after their prison terms. There is no parole in the federal system.

Battles and Johnson are both being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

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