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Drug User Sentenced to Over 3 Years For Illegally Owning Firearms


Above Image: Michael Hodges Jr. testified in downtown Cedar Rapids in 2018. (Rebecca Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 26-year-old Cedar Rapids man, who sought immunity under Iowa’s stand-your-ground law in a 2018 shooting in downtown Cedar Rapids but never went to trial, was convicted and sentenced in federal court for illegally having three guns as a drug user.

Michael G. Hodges Jr. pleaded Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user.

During the plea, he admitted to knowingly possessing a handgun — 9 mm pistol — while being a marijuana user on Feb. 6.

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