Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition

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A man who possessed ammunition after having prior convictions for felonies and domestic abuse assaults, and who was subject to no contact orders, pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Daryl Harden, age 41, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.  At the plea hearing, Harden admitted that, on January 11, 2020, he knowingly possessed five rounds of ammunition after having been convicted of six crimes punishable by more than one year of imprisonment, after having been convicted of nine misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, and while he was subject to two no contact orders.

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Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Harden remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Harden faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is CR 20-46.

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