CEDAR RAPIDS - A North Iowa man with a history of illegally possessing guns was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in federal prison.

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

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

In March 2018, law enforcement 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 plea hearing, Fisher admitted possessing the 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 injury in 2018.

Fisher was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  

Fisher is held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and investigated by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from 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.  

North Iowa's mugshots of 2018 


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