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Iowa man charged with unlawfully possessing firearm and ammo

CEDAR RAPIDS – Matthew James Stover, 30, of Jacolyn Drive in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged by an indictment filed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Iowa, with unlawfully possessing a .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle and numerous rounds of ammunition as an unlawful user of controlled substances.

Stover was arrested by the Cedar Rapids Police Department without incident at his home today on the indictment that had been sealed pending his arrest.

Stover appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids today and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. Stover was ordered released on conditions, including that he submit to GPS monitoring and be detained in his home, pending his reporting for inpatient drug and mental health treatment in Minnesota on Thursday.

If convicted on the pending indictment, Stover could be incarcerated for up to 10 years, without the possibility of parole; fined up to $250,000; and required to serve a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.

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 Richard L. Murphy. The case has been investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

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