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Convicted Iowa crack dealer sent to federal prison after battling cops, armed with loaded handgun

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was convicted in federal court for illegally possessing a gun for the third time was sentenced October 3, 2019, to more than sixteen years in federal prison.

Fernaris Braggs, age 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 25, 2019 guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Braggs admitted he illegally possessed a handgun on December 23, 2018. On that day, Braggs was in a car involved in a hit-and-run accident. Law enforcement officers learned Braggs was involved and searched the area of the accident for him. The officers found Braggs near a gas station. Braggs saw the officers and ran from them. Officers caught and tackled him. Braggs continued to struggle with the officers. During the struggle, Braggs dropped a loaded handgun onto the ground.

At the time he possessed the handgun, Braggs was a convicted felon. In 2001, he was convicted in federal court of distributing crack cocaine two times and illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user. In 2011, approximately two months after he got out of federal prison, Braggs was caught with a gun and marijuana he planned to sell. Braggs was then convicted of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was still on supervised release from that conviction when he possessed the handgun on December 23, 2018.

Braggs was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Braggs was sentenced to 195 months’ imprisonment in total. He was sentenced to 135 months in prison on the new charge and 60 months in prison for violating his prior supervised release. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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


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When you name your kid Fernaris, you’d better realize you’re going to be visiting him in Whitey’s Bighouse some day. Jeez.

From the looks of this guy, I’d say that all his puppies aren’t barking. Wondering if he got his gun from his bro, Joseph Lamont Thompson. Its obvious from his record that he’s a slow learner, but I guess that’s from his puppies.

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