Waterloo man found with AK-47 sentenced to prison on gun charges | Crime and Courts



US District Court in Cedar Rapids.

WATERLOO – One of two men found outside a Waterloo bar with an AK-47 and handguns in 2020 was sentenced to prison.

Judge CJ Williams sentenced 24-year-old Choroin Devontea Smith to seven years in prison on charges of banned person in possession of a firearm during a hearing in the US District Court in Cedar Rapids Friday.

The prison term, which was at the lower end of the federal sentencing guidelines, was agreed upon by the government and defense on a plea. He will be released under custody for up to three years after prison.

Prosecutors said Waterloo police noticed Smith and Dandre Montrell Gantt in a parked Volkswagen and watched people enter and exit the Briq House bar and grill on Jan. 26, 2020. When police approached the Volkswagen, they found an empty holster in the vehicle, to which they carried a loaded Romarm / Cugir AK-47 rifle, a 45-caliber Taurus pistol, and a 9mm Smith and Wesson, according to court records -Pistol.

According to court records, Smith was barred from possession of firearms due to a previous conviction of a crime in a shooting in 2015.

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A judge found Gantt guilty of being a drug user in possession of a firearm following a bank trial in September and is awaiting conviction.

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