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Judge sentences felon to 8 years in federal prison for gun charge

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man, who fired shots in a neighborhood after assaulting a woman, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to eight years in prison.

James Q. Mitchell, 37, previously pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition as a felon. Court documents show that Mitchell was drinking and using drugs at a party in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 7, 2016. The next day, Mitchell’s girlfriend showed up outside the house where the party took place and Mitchell confronted the woman in the street and slammed her to the ground. A friend had to pull him away from the girlfriend, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Mitchell then pulled out a handgun and fired three .45 caliber bullets into the air. Several neighbors heard the incident and called the police. Mitchell ran from the scene and tossed his gun in an alley.

Mitchell was previously convicted in Johnson County District Court for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in 2008, court records show.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Mitchell to 96 months in prison and also ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following any prison time. Mitchell is being held in the U.S. Marshal’s custody until being taken to a federal prison.

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