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Three-time Waterloo felon sent to federal prison for possessing loaded gun with obliterated serial number

This news story was published on October 4, 2019.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A convicted felon who was stopped with a loaded firearm while under the influence of drugs in Waterloo was sentenced today to more than six years in federal prison.

Jesus David Jimenez, age 33, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 2, 2019 guilty plea to being a felon and drug user in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Jimenez admitted he possessed a pistol in Waterloo, Iowa, in September 2018. Court documents reflect that Waterloo officers saw Jimenez walking on a public street, apparently intoxicated. Jimenez had in his possession a loaded .45 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number. Jimenez admitted that he assumed the gun had been stolen because its serial number had been removed. Jimenez’s backpack contained methamphetamine, cocaine, two syringes, marijuana, and two digital scales.

Before moving to Waterloo in 2017, Jimenez was convicted of two felonies in California involving firearms. He was convicted of committing a robbery involving a carjacking with a gun. Jimenez was later convicted of assault with a gun in relation to a drive-by shooting. He was as also convicted of another felony for evading a peace officer.

Jimenez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Jimenez was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

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