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Man convicted for a third time of unlawfully possessing guns

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — A man, who has a history of illegally possessing guns, was sentenced today to more than a year in federal prison.

Duane Richard Fisher, 48, of Rockford, received the prison term after an October 9, 2018, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a felon.

In March 2018, police found a vehicle registered to Fisher’s girlfriend with a loaded rifle inside, but no occupants, in rural Rockford. Fisher was found hiding in the woods in the area and claimed to be looking for deer antlers. At the guilty plea, Fisher admitted to possessing a rifle.

Fisher was previously convicted of possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of methamphetamine in federal court in 2001 and possession of a firearm by a felon in state court in 2015. He was also convicted of harassment and assault causing bodily injuring in 2018.

Fisher was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.