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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Friday, June 1, 2018

Threatening to Blow-Up an Apartment with People Inside Sends Waterloo Man to Federal Prison for Two Years

Has Long History of Domestic Violence

A man who threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and blow up her home and car was sentenced on May 31, 2018, to two years in federal prison.

Adam Charles Butler, age 25, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 16, 2017 guilty plea to willfully making threats to kill or injure another by means of an explosive.

At the sentencing hearing, evidence showed that Butler sent several text messages threatening to use three bombs to blow up an Evansdale woman’s car and apartment when she and their young child were at home.  Butler made the threat because the woman did not allow him to see their child that day and, according to one of Butler’s text messages, “because she doesn’t get to have all the control.”  Butler was seen outside the woman’s home at approximately two in the morning the night after sending the bomb threats in violation of a no-contact order, and was arrested after police officers observed him leaving the area in his car.

Butler also had a history of domestic abuse, including physical assaults, break-ins, vandalism, threatening with guns, repeated verbal and text message death threats, and discharging guns.     

Butler was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Chief Judge Strand, noting Butler’s history of domestic violence and the “egregious” nature of the threats, called Butler’s actions “very dangerous” and “disturbing.”  Butler was sentenced to 24 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. 

Butler 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 Attorneys Lyndie M. Freeman and Ravi T. Narayan and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-CR-2074.

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Violent Crime
Updated June 1, 2018