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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2012

Sean R. Barry, United States Attorney

Contact: Peter Deegan
(319) 363-6333

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Possessing Stolen Firearm

A man who possessed a stolen .38 caliber revolver was sentenced on September 26, 2012, to ten years in federal prison.

Germaine Perry, age 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 5, 2012, guilty plea to one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

At the plea hearing, Perry admitted that on December 28, 2011, he knowingly possessed a stolen firearm. Just after 11:00 p.m. on December 28, 2011, Perry's vehicle was stopped by police in Cedar Rapids for speeding. During the course of the traffic stop, officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver under a towel on the driver's seat. The handgun had been reported stolen in October 2011. Perry had previously been convicted in Cook County Illinois of robbery in 1991 and 1999, and convicted in Linn County Iowa of delivery of a controlled substance in 2009.

Perry was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Perry was sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-16.