Cedar Rapids man gets 22 years for ammunition, crack cocaine convictions
Written by Amie Steffeneicher, Internet Director - email
A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced Monday to nearly 22 years in federal prison after being found guilty of a drug distribution charge and possession of ammunition as a felon.
Gregory Givens, 29, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 262 months in prison as well as a 6-year term of supervised release after the prison term.
Givens had been convicted in federal court on May 21 of one count of possession of ammunition by a felon and one count of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Iowa.
Cedar Rapids Police stopped Givens on Oct. 7, 2010, for a traffic violation and found "a large quantity" of marijuana and a box of 9mm ammunition. Givens provided officers with a false name and lied about his criminal history, according to evidence presented at his trial.
Police later searched Givens' apartment and found "a large quantity" of marijuana inside a mattress, as well as crack cocaine on the floor. Givens again provided officers with a false name.
Givens pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in district court.
Givens had previously been convicted twice, under two different names, in Cook County, Ill., of felony possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
Officials say Givens refused to participate in his federal trial or acknowledge the jurisdiction of the court. He was also removed from the courtroom during his sentencing for being disruptive.
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