CHRIS BAGLEY

Marion man linked to Christopher Bagley pleas to federal firearm charge

Faces up to 10 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — One of the men who last talked to Christopher Bagley before he was killed during a fight over drug robberies was convicted Monday of a firearms charge.

Logan Gerber, 29, of Marion, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user. Another charge of possession of an unregistered firearm — a 16-gauge shotgun — will be dismissed at sentencing.

During the hearing, Gerber admitted he used methamphetamine and had a Glock 9 mm handgun while using the drug on June 9.

Gerber faces up to 10 years in prison and could face more if he has previous convictions that qualify as violent felonies or serious drug convictions. He also could be ordered to pay a fine up to $250,000 and serve three years of supervised release.

State court records show Gerber has previous convictions for drugs, theft and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A warrant previously obtained by The Gazette showed Gerber, during an interview with investigators, said Bagley called him about 3:32 a.m. Dec. 14, saying he was on his way to Paul Hoff’s mobile home, and told him to be ready because he was going to need his help for the “grande finale.” Gerber said he didn’t know what that meant but he thought Bagley was planning to rob someone.

Hoff’s mobile home, according to federal agents, is where Bagley was fatally stabbed Dec. 14. Hoff, 40, of Cedar Rapids, is also charged with two counts of possession of firearms by a felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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During a detention hearing April 1, federal agents detailed how 31-year-old Bagley of Walker may have been killed over marijuana robberies of Andrew Shaw, who investigators said is a large-scale marijuana trafficker.

Shaw, 30, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with possession of a firearm by a drug user following a search of his home and business, where authorities recovered THC oil and molds used to make edibles, THC cartridges used for vaping, marijuana and weapons.

There have been four men charged so far in connection to Shaw’s trafficking. However, no charges have been filed in Bagley’s death.

Drew Blahnik, 31, of Marion, the man who admitted to federal agents that he stabbed Bagley, is charged with possession of a firearm by a drug user, but not in Bagley’s death. He is accused of using cocaine and methamphetamine while possessing a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition on Feb. 25.

Blahnik is also charged in Linn County District Court for possession with intent to deliver marijuana on Feb. 25.

Blahnik and Drew Wagner, who hasn’t been charged, told federal agents they confronted Bagley about his drug robberies from Shaw, who was the drug supplier for each of them, according to testimony at an April hearing. Wagner and Bagley started fighting, and Blahnik stabbed Bagley as Wagner had him pinned against a wall.

Wagner and Blahnik told authorities they thought Bagley had a gun, according to testimony.

Special Agent Michael Kitsmiller with the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified that Hoff confirmed the stabbing happened at his mobile home Dec. 14.

Wagner and Blahnik loaded Bagley into a vehicle after the stabbing and took him to Wagner’s home, 4069 Soutter Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids, where they buried his body, Kitsmiller said.

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Bagley’s body was recovered March 1 by authorities.

An autopsy showed Bagley died of “sharp-force injuries,” indicating a fatal stabbing by a knife or other sharp object.

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