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Waterloo felon sent to prison for possessing firearm

jailCEDAR RAPIDS – A man who possessed a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in federal prison.

Thaddeus Southall, 31, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 18, 2013, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the guilty plea, Southall admitted that on November 2, 2012, he assaulted an individual inside a convenience store in Waterloo, Iowa. As the victim left the store, Southall told the store clerk that he would come back and shoot the clerk if the clerk called the police. Outside the store, Southall again hit the victim who was seated inside a car. As the car drove off, Southall shot and hit the victim’s car. When officers from the Waterloo Police Department arrested Southall a short time later, Southall fought with officers, kicking one police officer in the head.

Southall was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Southall was sentenced to the legal maximum of ten years’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Southall is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a cooperative local, state and federal program aimed at the enhanced prosecution of gun crimes. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

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