A Cedar Rapids man will spend more than 12 years in prison after being convicted on drug charges.
Peter Deegan, spokesperson for United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, says 20-year-old Jesse Raymond Akers was sentenced to 12 years and four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in August to possession of firearms as an unlawful drug user and possession of stolen firearms.
Deegan says Akers, along with Curtis Grandon, James Porchia Frazier and Sakariya Muhidin burglarized a residence in Marion and stole several items, including seventeen guns.
Three of the guns have been recovered, including one used in a shooting in Michigan. Deegan says one of the guns that has not been recovered is an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle.
Akers, who is currently serving time in an Iowa prison for burglaries in Linn and Jones Counties, was sentenced to 12 years and four months in federal prison. He must serve a three-year term of supervised release following his federal sentence.
Deegan says Judge Linda Reade increased Akers' sentence because he is a danger to the community, has a high likelihood to re-offend, has an extensive criminal record and a history of substance abuse.
Grandon, Frazier and Muhidin have all been sentenced and are currently serving federal prison sentences.
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