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Iowa man, Centerville woman sentenced in firearms case

Raymond Lee Rhodeman, 39, of Des Moines, was sentenced on Friday to 70 months in prison for assault of a federal officer and felon in possession of a firearm. (Appanoose County Sheriff's Office)

An Iowa man will be spending several years in prison.

Raymond Lee Rhodeman, 39, of Des Moines, was sentenced on Friday to 70 months in prison for assault of a federal officer and felon in possession of a firearm. That sentence was handed down by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose.

In addition, Rhodeman was ordered to serve three years of supervision following his release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund and $380 of restitution.

As part of his guilty plea, Rhodeman admitted to fighting, resisting and forcibly assaulting two federal officers during a November 2015 investigation.

Rhodeman, a previously convicted felon, also admitted to unlawfully possessing a Model M-11, 9 mm handgun at the Centerville, Iowa, residence where he was staying in February 2016.

In August 2017, Melissa Renee Zanders, 45, of Centerville, Iowa, was sentenced to 67 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. Zanders was Rhodeman’s co-defendant.

As part of her guilty plea, Zanders, a previously convicted felon, admitted to unlawfully possessing a 9 mm handgun at the same Centerville residence in February 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.




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