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Habitual Domestic Abuser Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison

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

A man who physically assaulted a woman who was similarly situated to him as a spouse was sentenced today to four years in federal prison.

Daniel Shawn Posey, age 40, from Garwin, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 5, 2019, guilty plea to domestic assault by a habitual offender.

In a plea agreement, Posey admitted he assaulted the victim while the two were staying in a hotel room at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino.  Posey and the victim were involved in a verbal argument which became physical when Posey took the victim’s cellular telephone and broke it as the victim attempted to call the police.  Posey then hit the victim with a closed fist in the victim’s right eye, resulting in injuries to the victim including a swollen right eye and bruising.

Posey was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Posey was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Posey 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 Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Meskwaki Nation Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-0028.

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Updated October 9, 2019

Violent Crime