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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Three People Charged With Robbery Affecting Interstate Commerce and Brandishing and Discharging a Firearm Causing the Death of Another

Matthew Barrett Robbins, age 46, William Leo Yancey, age 43, and Danielle Lynn Busch, age 29, have been charged with one count of robbery affecting interstate commerce, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce, and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in murder.  The charges are contained in an Indictment unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 

The Indictment alleges that, on or about May 31, 2014, Robbins, Yancey, and Busch conspired to and robbed another individual of methamphetamine and the proceeds of controlled substance transactions.  The indictment further alleges that the three used and possessed a firearm in furtherance of the robbery, which they brandished and discharged, causing the death of another individual.

If convicted on all charges, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, and eleven years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Busch appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Busch’s next appearance for a detention hearing is set for June 3, 2019.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa Williams and Richard Murphy and was investigated by the Marion Police Department, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Davenport Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office.

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

The case file number is 19-CR-53.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated May 23, 2019