Public Safety

Marion man sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for gun conviction

Pistol whipping woman led to his arrest

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion man who pistol whipped a woman and then forced his way into a neighbor’s home, looking for the woman he had hit after she fled, was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison on a gun charge.  

Gage F. Skola, 28, pleaded guilty in April for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted during the plea hearing to having a Ruger Blackhawk revolver and having a previous conviction of second-degree domestic assault in Missouri in 2012.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade also ordered Skola to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Skola was arrested after a woman told police Skola hit her in the back of the head with a gun, causing her to bleed during an argument Feb. 10. She told police she ran from the house they share and went to neighbor’s house to call police.

The neighbor, who called 911, told police Skola forced his way into his house and displayed a large, silver handgun, court documents show. Skola pointed the gun at the woman’s head and then his own as he stated there was “going to be a double homicide,” the neighbor told police.

The neighbor said he was able to get the gun from Skola and Skola ran out the door. The neighbor kept the silver Ruger .44 caliber gun until officers retrieved it, according to court documents.

Early the next day, Feb. 11, the neighbor called Marion police and reported Skola was back at his residence, court documents show. He was arrested when officers arrived. Later during questioning, he denied having a gun because he said he wasn’t allowed based on his criminal history.

Similar charges of gun charges in state court were dismissed due to the charge in federal court. l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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