Two Men Sentenced for Illegal Gun Posession

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A federal judge has sentenced two eastern Iowa men to federal prison for illegal gun possession.

The judge sentenced 20 year-old Demontrae Poole of Cedar Rapids to 21 months in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release.

In September, Poole pleaded guilty to possessing a gun while an illegal drug user. Poole admitted he possessed a handgun and was using marijuana in May 2017. Information at sentencing showed Poole’s criminal history includes two separate convictions for interference with official acts, during which law enforcement officers were injured.

The judge also sentenced 44-year-old Brett Schmerbach of Holy Cross to a year in prison and fined him $5,500. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

In September, Schmerbach pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He admitted in December 2016 he possessed three guns even though he had twice been convicted of felony operating while intoxicated charges. Police found the guns in Schmerbach's home, along with methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition.

Both men are in U.S. Marshal's custody until they can be taken to a federal prison.

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