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Waterloo gang member sentenced on federal charges

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A Waterloo gang member will spend just less than five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm as an unlawful drug user.

Larry Phillips, 19, was sentenced Wednesday in Cedar Rapids federal court after pleading guilty to the charge on December 27, 2011.

Court officials say that Phillips admitted to carrying a loaded pistol on March 3, 2011.  Police discovered the gun during a search warrant at a Waterloo home.  Officers say that when they came in, Phillips ran to a bathroom and threw the pistol on the floor.  They say the gun had been reported stolen.

Court officials say that Phillips is an affiliate of a local Waterloo street gang and admitted to being a user of marijuana.

Phillips was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison and will serve a three-year term of supervised release when he is released. There is no parole in the federal system.

Waterloo Police say that Phillips was arrested in June 2011 in connection with a gang shooting in January 2011.

He is charged with Going Armed with Intent, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Criminal Gang Participation and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon.

Police say that on January 8, the Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT) was doing surveillance on a gang party at 214 Cottage Grove Avenue.

They say a group of rival gang members showed up at a gang party on January 8, 2011 at 12:30 a.m. at 214 Cottage Grove Avenue and fired shots.

Police say Phillips fired those shots.  Online court records show that he is still facing these charges.

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