Two Cedar Rapids Felons Jontreyvius Richmond and Darnell Henderson on Way to Shooting Range Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun

(STL.News) – Two Cedar Rapids men, responsible for possessing a gun when they were prohibited from doing so, were sentenced October 10, 2019.  Jontreyvius Richmond was sentenced to 24 months in prison and Darnell Henderson was sentenced to 31 months in prison.

Jontreyvius Richmond, age 21, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Darnell Henderson, age 23, received the prison sentences after June 10, 2019 guilty pleas to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Information disclosed at sentencing and at their plea hearings showed that

in October 2018, Richmond, Henderson, and another man were travelling to a firing range near Solon, Iowa, to shoot a gun they had in the car.  Richmond was driving.  Police conducted a traffic stop on the car.  Officers could smell marijuana and see marijuana in the car.  Officers searched the care and located a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition in the trunk.  Richmond admitted that he had recently smoked marijuana and that he and his friends were travelling to the firing range to shoot the rifle.  The gun had been in the passenger compartment of the car prior to officers stopping it, but as they were being pulled over, the occupants passed it back to the trunk.

Richmond has a prior carrying weapons conviction.  He also has a felony conviction for extortion.  Henderson has a prior felony conviction for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Richmond and Henderson were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Richmond was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.  Henderson was sentenced to 31 months’.  Both were ordered to make payment of $100 to the special assessment fund.  Both must also serve a 3-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.  This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) through a cooperative effort of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  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.