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Cedar Rapids veteran gets probation for weapons, drug charges

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A Cedar Rapids man who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan was sentenced for possessing a semi-automatic rifle and ammunition as an unlawful drug user.

Matthew Stover, 31, was sentenced in federal court to serve five years of probation. This sentence is below the federal sentencing guidelines of 30-37 months in prison.

The judge noted that he reduced the sentence so as not to interfere with the mental health care Stover is receiving at the VA. That same judge noted Stover was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

Stover pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 14. In the plea agreement, Stover admitted he had an AR-15 assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.

The warrant was executed in Marion. Police began investigating Stover after they said he bought marijuana at a city park.

According to court documents, Stover also made statements before he was arrested that he wanted to go back to Afghanistan to "kill and engage in radical jihad."

A representative of the U.S. Department of Justice wrote, "Stover had previously assaulted his wife and choked his stepson, and in March 2012 caused an injury to his infant daughter that resulted in her skull being crushed."

Including in the probation sentence, the judge mandated that Stover continue to receive mental health treatment, abstain from alcohol or drugs, undergo alcohol testing, and not be responsible for a child under 12.

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