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Waterloo man sent to prison after drug-fueled drive-by shooting

Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who drove by a house in Waterloo, Iowa, and fired a gun twice at the detached garage was sentenced yesterday to more than three years in federal prison.

Dayton Jay Myers, age 21, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 1, 2017, guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a drug user.

At the sentencing hearing, Myers admitted that he drove to the Waterloo residence on the night of January 3, 2017, to send a message to a person who was threatening him after a failed drug deal. Myers drove up and down the street beside the house before firing a stolen handgun twice at the detached garage, striking the garage and a parked vehicle. At the time he fired the gun, Myers was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.

Myers was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Myers was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment and 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.

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

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department.

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