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Iowa man who unlawfully possessed handgun during violent melee sent to prison


This news story was published on September 21, 2020.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who was involved in a violent melee at a friend’s house, and later found with guns and knives, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Andrew Monroe, age 28, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of a firearm as a drug user. On August 29, 2020, police responded to a call to a home in Marion, Iowa. The police discovered that there had been a violent melee at the house. The melee ultimately resulted in the hospitalization of multiple individuals with life-threatening stab wounds. Monroe admitted to being present and police found him with a pistol while under the influence of marijuana.

Monroe was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Monroe was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment and fined $100. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Monroe is set to surrender to the United States Marshal on October 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. and will be held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liz Dupuich and investigated by Marion Police Department.

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