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Cedar Rapids man gets prison time for having a sawed-off shotgun

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A Cedar Rapids man will spend more than 21 years in federal prison for having a sawed-off shotgun in connection with marijuana trafficking.

Nathan Blakley, 35, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, to one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a playground after having been convicted of a felony drug offense, one count of possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun, and one count of possession of a sawed-off shotgun in connection with the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

A search of Blakley's home, which is within 1,000 feet of Redmond Park, in January 2010 turned up marijuana and a sawed-off shotgun. Blakely had previously been convicted in Illinois of delivery of cocaine and in Linn County of delivery of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Blakley will spend 21 years and 10 months in prison and must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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