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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 63 months in prison for possessing stolen firearm

Derek Hines, 33, has previous drug-related conviction

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man previously convicted of distributing and using drugs was sentenced Monday to more than five years in federal prison for illegally possessing a stolen firearm.

Derek Hines, 33, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty in June in U.S. District Court to possessing a firearm as a prohibited person. A plea agreement shows Hines, a felon and user of marijuana and methamphetamine, admitted in January to having a firearm. Cedar Rapids Police Department officers found Hines unconscious in the driver’s seat of a parked car with a loaded 9 mm handgun and drug paraphernalia.

The gun had previously been reported stolen by its owner in 2012, according to the plea agreement. In 2003, Hines was convicted in federal court for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and marijuana.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Hines to 63 months in prison and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following any prison time.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lyndie Freeman and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force. The task force is comprised of officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.     

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