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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 10 years for illegally having firearm

He used gun during drug robbery

Carl McArthur
Carl McArthur

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who tried to rob another of methamphetamine and money was sentenced Monday to almost 10 years in federal prison because he had a gun he could not legally possess.

A jury convicted Carl McArthur, 39, in October in U.S. District Court of being in possession of a firearm after two previous Linn County convictions for domestic abuse assault and a felony firearms charge.

Evidence at trial and sentencing showed McArthur and an associate, armed with firearms, entered a home in southwest Cedar Rapids on March 17, 2018, planning to rob the occupants of money and meth.

Three people testified McArthur and his associate — who was not identified — forced their way into the house, assaulted the occupants and threatened to shoot them and pour hot grease on them. One of the individuals called 911.

Cedar Rapids police officers found McArthur inside the home and his associate outside. The associate ran but left behind a ski mask he wore to conceal his identity. 

Officers found McArthur’s Taurus .45LC/.410 caliber “Judge” handgun inside the home, along with a 9 mm handgun, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced McArthur to 114 months and 20 days in federal prison. McArthur also must serve three years of supervised release after prison.

The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Ashley Corkery and Patrick Reinert and was investigated by Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force. The task force includes Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Cedar Rapids police officers.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is the centerpiece of the U.S. Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. The program is evidence-based and proven effective at reducing violent crime.

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