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Felon who Fired Rounds in Residential Neighborhood Sentenced to over Nine Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who fired a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun in a residential neighborhood in the middle of the day was sentenced today to more than 9 years in federal prison.

Deshaun Jackson, age 24, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 13, 2022 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At the guilty plea, Jackson admitted he possessed an Intratech Tech .22 semi-automatic handgun and a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun while he was prohibited due to being previously convicted of burglary and robbery in Black Hawk County.  Jackson also possessed a 110 round drum-style magazine.  At sentencing, the Judge stated Jackson created a “firefight in a residential neighborhood,” and that his conduct was “extremely dangerous and unjustified in any sense.”  The Judge further stated that Jackson did not have any business possessing a 110 round drum magazine.

Jackson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Jackson was sentenced to 114 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.

Jackson 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 investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-2045.

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Updated March 29, 2023

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