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Cedar Rapids felon pleads guilty to possessing gun

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Joseph Tamborello pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On April 6, 2006, Cedar Rapids police say they found Tamborello wearing a bulletproof vest and talking about being committed and putting himself in a situation where an officer would be forced to shoot him.

Tamborello was then taken to St. Luke's Hospital where he said there were five children home alone at home.  Officers went to the home to perform a welfare check on the children and found five long guns and a muzzle-loader rifle.  Two of the children said Tamborello was loading one of the guns before he left.

Tamborello was convicted of a felony OWI back in 2000. He remains in custody of the United States Marshall pending sentencing.  He faces a maximum prison sentence of ten years and a $250,000 fine.

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