Drug user pleads guilty to gun crimes

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Man accused of lying to Mason City gun store.

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019 3:17 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A man is pleading guilty to illegally buying weapons from a Mason City gun store.

Braiden Robert William Despenas entered a guilty plea Monday in Cedar Rapids Federal Court to one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user and one count of making a false statement during purchase of a firearm. Despenas was accused of buying four pistols and a rifle from Hart Brothers South between October 2017 and May 2018, lying each time about being a marijuana user.

Despenas was arrested in January. No sentencing date has been set.

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