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Charles City man charged with gun crimes

CEDAR RAPIDS – Randy Patrie, age 40, from Charles City, Iowa, has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.­ The charges are contained in a Complaint filed on July 10, 2013, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The complaint alleges that, on or about July 4, 2013, Patrie was found in possession of more than 20 firearms during a search of his home by the Charles City Police Department. Officers searched Patrie’s home while investigating a burglary of a residence in Charles City that occurred on July 4, 2013. During the search, officers found 20 firearms stolen from Gilbert’s Sale Yard, located in rural Floyd, Iowa. Gilbert’s Sale Yard was burglarized on May 2, 2013. The Complaint further alleges that Patrie admitted to law enforcement officers that he committed the Gilbert’s Sale Yard burglary and stole the firearms, and further admitted he knew he was prohibited from possessing the firearms because he was a convicted felon. According to the complaint, Patrie has the following prior felony convictions: on September 24, 1991, in the Iowa District Court for Mitchell County of Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree; on May 28, 1996, in the Iowa District Court for Floyd County of Delivery of Methamphetamine; and on May 27, 2003, in the Iowa District Court for Floyd County, of Burglary 3rd.

If convicted, Patrie faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Patrie appeared on Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held pending a detention hearing scheduled for July 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.

Patrie was in the news years ago after admitting that he was among the last persons to see a missing child alive. Evelyn Miller, 5, of Floyd was later found in the Cedar River, murdered. He was never charged in that case.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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