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Charles City man gets 20 years in federal prison on firearms violations

CEDAR RAPIDS – Randy Patrie, age 44, from Charles City, Iowa, received a 20-year prison term after a September 6, 2013 guilty plea to possessing sawed-off shotguns and being a felon in possession of firearms.

Patrie had previously been sentenced to life imprisonment but, because of a subsequent Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case, his life sentence was overturned on appeal. As a result of the Supreme Court decision, at yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Patrie could no longer be sentenced to life imprisonment because the maximum potential sentence was 20 years’ imprisonment. The court sentenced him to that maximum sentence.

Patrie was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Patrie was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Chickasaw and Floyd County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Charles City Police Department.

Patrie was in the news in 2005 after admitting that he was among the last persons to see a missing child alive. Evelyn Miller, just 5 year old, of Floyd was later found in the Cedar River, murdered. He was never charged in that case.

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