Cedar Rapids Meth User and Domestic Abuser Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Gun | USAO-NDIA


A Cedar Rapids man who unlawfully possessed a gun was sentenced today to federal prison. 

Bradley James Cable, age 34, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison sentence after a November 15, 2019 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a drug user and a person previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 

Information disclosed at sentencing and in his plea agreement showed that

on April 11, 2019, Cedar Rapids police officers searched a home where Cable was residing.  Officers located two shotguns, shotgun ammunition, methamphetamine residue, drug paraphernalia, and digital scales.  Cable’s fingerprints were found on a glass bong, two shotgun cartridges, and one of the shotguns, which was also reported stolen.  Cable admitted to handling the firearm at the residence and admitted he used methamphetamine recreationally.  In 2004, Cable was convicted of domestic abuse assault, which prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

Cable was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Cable was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment, five months of which can be served as home confinement, and fined $3,000.  Cable must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and Special Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Geocaris and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from its Project Guardian partners.  For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1217186/download.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 19-CR-88.                           

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