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Iowa man with violent history sentenced to federal prison for possessing gun

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man, responsible for possessing a gun while using marijuana and being a felon, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison.

Marcus Lynn Brown, Jr., age 20, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison sentence after a November 10, 2020 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Information disclosed at sentencing and at his plea hearing showed that, in May 2020, Cedar Rapids police officers stopped a vehicle Brown was a passenger in because Brown had active arrest warrants. Once the vehicle stopped, Brown tried to run from police and fought with them as he was being arrested. Brown left a gun in the vehicle just before running. Officers located the gun, which was loaded. The gun had Brown’s DNA on it. Brown had marijuana in his pocket and tested positive for using marijuana. Brown has five prior adult criminal convictions, three of which involved violence or firearms.

Brown was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Brown was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. He was ordered to make payment of $100 to the special assessment fund. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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