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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dubuque Woman Charged with Harboring a Federal Fugitive and Obstruction of Justice

Vivian Rochelle Weakley, age 28, from Dubuque, Iowa, has been charged with one count of concealing a person from arrest and one count of obstruction of justice.­  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed on May 18, 2016, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, on or about April 19, 2016, Weakley harbored and concealed Antwain Deshaun Spratt, who at the time was a federal fugitive.  It further alleges that, while knowing that Spratt was inside her residence, Weakley falsely told a Deputy United States Marshal that she did not know Spratt or where he was located.

If convicted on all charges, Weakley faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, $500,000 in fines, $200 in special assessments, and not more than 6 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Weakley appeared on May 18, 2016, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was released on bond.  Weakley’s trial is set for July 18, 2016.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the United States Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

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

The case file number is 16-CR-30-LRR.

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Updated May 19, 2016