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Waterloo Man to Prison for Second Felon‑in‑Possession Conviction


This news story was published on July 29, 2017.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted felon who possessed a loaded handgun, a digital scale, and marijuana in December 2016, was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison.

John Daniel Forehand III, age 31, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 20, 2017, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Forehand admitted he possessed a loaded Smith and Wesson .22 caliber pistol on December 16, 2016. Evidence at an earlier hearing showed that Waterloo police officers found the pistol during a traffic stop. The pistol, which had an obliterated serial number, was in a bag that also contained a digital scale and a children’s cup, both of which also had marijuana residue. Forehand had previously been convicted of felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Forehand was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Forehand was sentenced to 84 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.

Forehand 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 Waterloo Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

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