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Dubuque Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine Near School

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Has prior criminal convictions for violence

A Dubuque man, who sold crack cocaine to a confidential source on two separate occasions, was sentenced June 23, 2020, to fifteen months in prison.

Christopher DeAngelo Emory, age 32, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison sentence after a February 7, 2020 guilty plea to distribution of crack cocaine near a protected location.

Information disclosed at sentencing and at his plea hearing showed that on two occasions in November 2018, Emory sold cocaine to a confidential source.  Both sales took place near a school or park.  In total, Emory sold approximately two grams of crack cocaine.  Also in November 2018, law enforcement officials searched Emory’s Dubuque house as part of a recent shots fired investigation.  During the search, officers located over $300 in cash, ecstasy, and a .380 caliber handgun magazine.  Emory has two criminal prior convictions for assault and domestic abuse assault.  Emory sold the crack cocaine in this case while he was on probation for the domestic abuse assault. 

Emory was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Emory was sentenced to fifteen months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to make payment of $100 to the special assessment fund.  He must also serve a 6-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 Ashley Corkery and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Dubuque Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-01028.                                    

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Updated June 24, 2020

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