Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Prison After Multiple Firearm Offenses

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man who possessed a firearm after being convicted of eight prior felonies was sentenced Monday to more than 19 years in federal prison.

Maurice Jones, 43, was convicted by a jury May 17, of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm in U.S. District Court.

According to trial testimony, October 26, 2010, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of 4th Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. Officers went to a house where they believed the shots were fired and there was a large group of people on the porch. During a search of the porch officers found a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun.

During an interview a few days later, Jones admitted to officers that he possessed the gun and hid it on the porch when police arrived. Jones had previously been convicted of eight felony offenses in Cook County, Ill. The offenses were: burglary in 1986; possession with intent to deliver cocaine in 1988 and 1998; robbery and armed robbery in 1993; possession of heroin in 1998 and 2002; and possession with intent to deliver marijuana in 2003.

After moving to Iowa in 2004, Jones was convicted four times for assault in Linn County District Court, according court records.

Jones must also serve a five year term of supervised release after serving his prison time.

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