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Iowa marijuana user who possessed gun with obliterated serial number sentenced to 2 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A marijuana user who unlawfully possessed a gun with an obliterated serial number was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Geromey Gilliand, age 23, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 31, 2013, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal drug user.

At the plea hearing, Gilliand admitted he was an unlawful user of marijuana on November 28, 2012, when police officers arrested him in Dubuque on an outstanding arrest warrant. During a search incident to arrest, officers found marijuana and a loaded .22 caliber pistol in Gilliand’s backpack. The serial number on the gun had been scratched off.

Gilliand was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Gilliand was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment. 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.

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

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Dubuque Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

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