Public Safety

20-year-old sentenced to 12 years for drugs, guns

Kyler Junkins also has pending murder trial set for February

CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal judge Wednesday called out a 20-year-old Marion man’s “extremely concerning” criminal record, which began at 15 and now includes convictions for drugs and firearms charges for shooting a teen. He also faces a more recent state court charge for a woman’s fatal shooting.

Kyler J. Junkins, also known as Kyler Garcia, told the judge during sentencing that he was “thankful” the 17-year-old who was shot didn’t get hurt and he realizes, now that he’s sober, that he was doing some “bad things,” he said.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade asked Junkins if he didn’t think shooting someone in the stomach is serious. He said yes, but he meant he was thankful it wasn’t worse.

“You’re a danger to the community,” Reade said. “You shot someone in stomach, and you have two pending juvenile cases and two state cases.”

Reade also noted that one of the firearms in Junkins’ possession had been modified to create an improvised silencer.

Reade then pointed out that Junkins, during his time in jail pending this conviction, faked a suicide attempt just to get out for a period of time, which she said tells her “a lot about him.”

Junkins pleaded guilty in July to one count each of possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine.

He faced over 22 years on both charges, but Reade went with the prosecution’s recommendation of running both sentences concurrently for a total of just over 12 years. She also ordered him to serve a three-year term of supervised release following the prison time.

A plea agreement shows the 17-year-old was with Junkins at his Marion residence March 28, 2017, when Junkins unintentionally fired a .22 caliber rifle, hitting the teen in the abdomen. Junkins admitted to “accidentally” shooting the teen and led investigators to the rifle that he hid under his neighbor’s shed.

He also admitted to distributing cocaine on Jan. 15 of this year, according to the plea. A confidential informant, who Junkins thought was a drug buyer, gave him $520 and Junkins gave the buyer a loaded .22 caliber revolver, 500 rounds of ammunition and about 3 grams of powder cocaine. Junkins was regularly using marijuana around that time, the plea shows.

The next day, Junkins went to the Marion Police Department for questioning and was arrested. He told investigators he had three firearms at his Apache Drive residence — a .22 caliber rifle with the stock sawed off and obliterated serial number, a .22 caliber revolver and another rifle — that were later seized by police.

A specially trained Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent examined the .22 rifle used in the shooting and determined it had been modified with a silencer.

Junkins is also charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree murder in the death of AnnaElise Edgeton, 18, on Jan. 13 in her home at the Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Drive.

Allen W. Miller, 18, of Marion, and two unnamed juveniles also have been charged in the fatal shooting. Each were charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and accessory after the fact. Miller’s trial is set Feb. 11.

Junkins trial is Feb. 4, in Linn County District Court.

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