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Man Sentenced For 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, was sentenced on July 1, 2014, to more than two years in federal prison.

Howard Lamont Coakley, age 30, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 7, 2014, guilty plea to assaulting a person engaged in official federal duties.

At the guilty plea hearing, Coakley admitted that, on January 14, 2014, 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.

Coakley was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Coakley was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Coakley 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 Anthony Morfitt and investigated by the Federal Protective Service. 

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

Updated February 19, 2015