22-year-old convict faces fed gun charges

2013-01-18T04:00:00Z 2013-01-18T05:22:15Z 22-year-old convict faces fed gun chargesBrian Wellner The Quad-City Times
January 18, 2013 4:00 am  • 

A man convicted on charges related to the shooting of a 17-year-old girl in 2009 is now charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Brett Lee Roelandt, 22, of Davenport has an arraignment set for Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

Court records unsealed Thursday state that Roelandt possessed a Smith & Wesson, model 411, .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun between March 30, 2010, and May 10, 2010.

In July 2009, 17-year-old Stacia Monnahan was shot as she sat in a car in the parking lot of the Iowa Street Mart, which is at the corner of Iowa and Locust streets in Davenport. She suffered serious head and eye injuries as a result.

Roelandt, then 17, was convicted on state charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm related to the shooting and was sentenced to two years probation and a residential correctional facility.

Devin Deray Matthews, also 17 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role.

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  1. mendelmen
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    mendelmen - January 18, 2013 3:04 pm
    Get a real job and don't knowingly break the law by selling weed and carrying a gun. Flip burgers, wash cars, mow lawns, do something legit.
  2. Mark Riley 4 State Senate
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    Mark Riley 4 State Senate - January 18, 2013 1:17 pm
    The unattended consequence of knee jerk gun laws is that we will begin putting young black males who are involved in the drug trade into prison for a long time. MAYBE NOT IN THIS CASE because he did visit violence to another person. But if you are involved in marijuana sales because it is the only economic opportunity you have, you better be in possession of a firearm. You cannot call the cops when you are robbed of your weed or your money. So for a crime that should not be a crime-marijuana sales- you are going to start sending young blacks to prison for a ;long time. That or you can begin administer the law with an eye to race in which you cut the young black drug dealer some slack and arrest the white tea-party, militia guy, pro NRA gun owner for weapons violation because he is the "real" threat. These knee jerk gun laws like New York enacted will have negative unattended consequences.
  3. JK3513
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    JK3513 - January 17, 2013 11:01 pm
    Make and model and serial number are used to establish the gun was not manufactured in Iowa, which is needed for the federal government to establish an Interstate nexus to charge the offense. Without showing the gun moved on interstate commerce jurisdiction stays with the State government.

    Maybe not needed for the article, but that is why it is in the charging document.
  4. katara
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    katara - January 17, 2013 6:26 pm
    What difference does the make and model number have to do with law that was broken?
    Why didn't you write more about the girl that was shot?
  5. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - January 17, 2013 4:50 pm
    Wow. The Justice Dept is doing their job. I wonder when they will get around to policing themselves in the matter of Fast and Furious. Probably never. At least not until this criminal regime is out of power.
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