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Waterloo domestic abuser sent to prison for gun possession


This news story was published on August 5, 2019.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A Waterloo domestic abuser has been sent to prison for gun possession.

A man who unlawfully possessed a firearm after committing a crime of domestic violence was sentenced on July 30, 2019, to more than 3 years in federal prison.

Sunni Askari Newell, age 33, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Domestic Violence. The domestic violence conviction was entered on June 11, 2009, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Documents at sentencing showed that, in the early morning hours of June 4, 2017, Newell saw officers approaching two people involved in a verbal dispute. Newell walked over to one of the people involved in the dispute, appeared to take something from that person, and tried to leave the scene. Officers later found a loaded handgun in the defendant’s pant leg. In September 2018, Dazarris Shemeek Wilkerson received a 33 month imprisonment term for possessing the same firearm on the same date as Newell. Wilkerson was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Newell was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Newell was sentenced to an imprisonment term of 42 months and 1 day. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. The defendant’s sentence runs consecutively to the sentences imposed in state court for two additional offenses the defendant committed after the June 4, 2017 incident.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacob Schunk and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

NEWELL, SUNNI ASKARI

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4 Responses to Waterloo domestic abuser sent to prison for gun possession

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    August 6, 2019 at 11:37 am

    When is the black community going to learn that it’s this exact type of behavior that fuels the hatred and racism from the white community? When is the black community going to take a hard look in the mirror and learn that they need to be above all this stupidity if they ever want to be fully accepted and for the racism to shrink? Many racist white people truly believe that black people are prone to violence, and its stuff like this that supports their way of thinking. If the black community really wants to get rid of racism than they need to stop pouring fuel on the fire

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 7, 2019 at 5:38 am

      So…what you’re saying is that racism is bad, but that it exists because of real, tangible facts and reasons. Is that right?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

    sunni askari newell, of where originally? he aint FROM iowa. anyway i like you mr 13/50. you make sense. imagine this a black guy who beats women hes in a pretty big club there, oh and carryhing stolen firearms yet another african american fascination, they need to be informed self defense is for human beings not animals. this man and those like him are the american citizens that need to be disarmed and incarcerated on principal. black men ruin everything they exist near.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 6, 2019 at 6:17 am

    13-50 again