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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Iowa
Timothy T. Duax, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Gun as a Felon

Told Girlfriend To Buy Him Guns

A Cedar Rapids man who assaulted a woman and young child was sentenced April 9, 2024, to two years in prison. 

Ryan Thomas Beattie, age 31, from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after an October 30, 2023, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Information disclosed during the plea and sentencing hearings revealed that on December 14, 2022, Beattie was arrested after an incident where he assaulted a female and toddler.  Beattie was arrested and later convicted of child endangerment, assault causing bodily injury, and interference with official acts.  Officers located two loaded firearms near where the assault took place.  Beattie admitted that the firearms were his and that he had his girlfriend at the time buy them for him since he could not buy firearms.  In total, Beattie’s girlfriend bought four firearms, only two of which were recovered with Beattie.  The third firearm was recovered during an incident in Iowa City.  The fourth firearm has not been recovered. 

At the time of the December incident, Beattie was a convicted felon.  He has a lengthy criminal history and has previously been to prison for child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.  

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

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 23-CR-52.

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