Kenyan man convicted in federal court for illegally possessing firearm

Kevin Naholi faces up to 10 years in prison, could also be deported

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Kenyan national who had been living in Cedar Rapids was convicted by a federal jury Monday for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and undocumented immigrant.

Kevin O. Naholi, 40, was convicted following a one day trial in U.S. District Court. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following any prison time. Naholi also will likely be deported, prosecutors said.

Evidence presented at trial showed Naholi was outside his residence about 6 p.m. Aug. 26, and pointed a .22 caliber Winchester rifle at a neighbor and her two small children who were returning home from dinner at a nearby restaurant, according to court documents. The neighbor and her children ran to a nearby house and called 911.

When police arrived, Naholi had gone back inside his house and an 11-hour standoff followed. Cedar Rapids police attempted to negotiate with Naholi during that time but he refused to come out of his home. About 4:30 a.m. the next day, a police special response unit safely entered the residence and took Naholi into custody. Police recovered the rifle from a bedroom.

According to a criminal complaint, Naholi entered the United States from Kenya in 2003 on a student visa. But Naholi failed to register for classes as required by the visa, so it was revoked in 2004.

Naholi sought to gain lawful status but was unsuccessful, court documents show.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy prosecuted the case and it was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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