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Charles City man charged with four firearm offenses

CEDAR RAPIDS – Randy Patrie, age 40, from Charles City, Iowa, has been charged with committing four firearms offenses: 1) stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer; 2) possession of stolen firearms; 3) possession of firearms as a felon and an Armed Career Criminal; and 4) possession of sawed-off shotguns.­ The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on July 23, 2013, in the United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

A prior criminal complaint alleged 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 he 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:

• Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree, September 24, 1991, in the Iowa District Court for Mitchell County;

• Delivery of Methamphetamine on May 28, 1996, in the Iowa District Court for Floyd County; and

• Burglary 3rd Degree, on May 27, 2003, in the Iowa District Court for Floyd County.

The indictment charges Patrie in Count 1 with stealing the firearms from Gilbert’s Sale Yard, and in Count 2 with knowing possession of those stolen firearms. Count 3 charges Patrie with being a felon in possession of the firearms stolen from Gilbert’s Sale Yard, and with possessing three additional firearms. Count 3 also alleges Patrie is an armed career criminal in that he possessed the firearms after having been convicted of three or more violent crimes or serious drug offenses. Count 4 of the indictment alleges defendant also possessed two sawed-off shotguns.

If convicted, Patrie faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison, a $1 million fine, $400 in special assessments, and 14 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Charles City Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

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