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“Splash” guilty of shooting man four times during drug deal gone bad


This news story was published on April 24, 2017.
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DES MOINES – An Iowa man who shot a victim during an Ames drug deal is guilty of several crimes and faces sentencing.

On April 20, 2017, Kevin Darnell Williams, also known as “Splash,” 23, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, robbery, discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Williams’ sentencing is scheduled for September 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey.

According to evidence presented at trial, Williams set up a marijuana deal with the victim in Ames. Once the two met, on August 9, 2016, the drug deal turned into a robbery, and Williams shot the victim four times. Williams was apprehended by law enforcement in Chicago several days after the shooting.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Central Iowa Gang Task Force, the Ames Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

WILLIAMS, KEVIN DARNELL

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