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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 2, 2016

Cedar Rapids Recidivist Felon Sentenced to Maximum Prison Term

A Cedar Rapids man with an extensive criminal history who fired shots into the air in a residential neighborhood using a stolen handgun was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison.

Tiamo Blackcloud, 38, from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after a January 25, 2016, guilty plea to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  He was prohibited from possessing the firearm and ammunition because he was a felon.

At the guilty plea hearing, Blackcloud admitted to firing a weapon into the air in a Cedar Rapids neighborhood on August 18, 2015.  He had been drinking at the time.  Blackcloud’s criminal history included two felony convictions and, in total, he had 56 criminal convictions.  His criminal activities began at age 18 and continued up to his arrest last August, and included numerous assaultive encounters with both women and the police.  The sentencing judge ordered a non-guideline sentence to the statutory maximum sentence based on his criminal history, risk to the public and nature and circumstances of the offense.

Blackcloud was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  He was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  Blackcloud must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steve Young and investigated by the CRPD and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 15-CR-00099.

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Updated September 14, 2016