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Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Security Guard At Social Security Administration Office

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

A man who forcibly assaulted a security guard at the Social Security Administration Office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Howard Lamont Coakley, 30, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of assaulting a person engaged in official federal duties.

At the plea hearing, Coakley admitted he forcibly assaulted a security guard who was working for the Social Security Administration in Cedar Rapids.  Coakley further admitted his assault caused bodily injury to the security guard. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Coakley remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Coakley faces a possible maximum sentence of twenty years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Federal Protective Service. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-CR-00017.

Updated February 19, 2015