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Drug User Who Possessed Firearm Sentenced to 66 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Shot at occupied car and residence in December 2021 and inside occupied residence in May 2022

A man who discharged firearms in December 2021 and May 2022 was sentenced today to more than five years in federal prison.

Romeo Kuykendall, age 20, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 22, 2023 guilty plea to possessing a firearm as a prohibited person.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that, in December 2021, Kuykendall shot multiple times in the air and then at an occupied vehicle.  Some of the bullets hit a neighboring occupied residence.  Part of this shooting was captured on smart doorbell footage taken from the house that was hit.  Then, in May 2022, Kuykendall again discharged a firearm, this time in a residence with a sleeping child.  Law enforcement received a 911 call based on this incident and later stopped a vehicle that Kuykendall was in.  In the vehicle, officers found two firearms that Kuykendall admitted were his.  Kuykendall also admitted that he used marijuana multiple times a week and his urine tested positive for marijuana metabolites. 

Kuykendall was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Kuykendall was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment and must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Kuykendall is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liz Dupuich and Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra Hake.  It was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.           

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-2046.

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Updated July 26, 2023

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