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Man Sentenced to Statutory Maximum For Shooting that Injured Two Individuals

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

A man who shot at a car injuring two people was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.

Dai’Sean Dupree Battles, age 30, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 19, 2021 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence in the case established that Battles and his girlfriend were involved in an altercation with another individual at a home in Waterloo.  That individual left the residence with two others and Battles and his girlfriend followed in their vehicle.  As they drove through downtown Waterloo, Battles took a firearm and discharged at least three rounds at the vehicle striking the driver and the backseat passenger.  The backseat passenger suffered serious bodily injury. 

Battles was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  At the sentencing, Judge Williams commented that Battles presented an “extreme danger to the community.”  Battles was sentenced to 120 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.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Battles is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-2034.

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Updated May 25, 2022

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