CEDAR RAPIDS | A Mason City man, who is a convicted felon, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for possessing a firearm while violating a no-contact order.
Eric Brown, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in September 2017.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand sentenced Brown to 96 months, or eight years, in prison. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.
Brown was arrested in the driveway of a home after the resident called the police since Brown knocking on the windows of the residence, according to the plea agreement and other evidence presented in court. The resident had a no contact order filed against Brown.
When police found Brown, he had a loaded .22 caliber Colt revolver concealed in his waistband. Brown had previously been convicted of multiple felonies including armed robbery, robbery, burglary, and attempted armed robbery in Cook County, Illinois.
In a separate Cerro Gordo County case in April 2017, Brown entered an Alford plea to a charge of felony third-degree burglary. In an Alford plea the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors likely can prove the charge.
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Brown allegedly entered an apartment in the 100 block of 13th Street Northeast in February 2017 and took several types of medication prescribed to the occupant, according to the Mason City Police Department.
Police said Brown contacted the occupant's landlord, claiming he was the woman's friend and was helping her move things around, but the woman claimed she had never met Brown.
Brown was sentenced to up to five years in prison, ordered to pay $875 in fines and surcharges.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.
Brown is being held in U.S. Marshal custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lyndie M. Freeman and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mason City Police Department.