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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Waterloo Felon Sentenced to More than Nine Years in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Gun and Ammunition

A convicted felon who illegally possessed a gun and ammunition was sentenced yesterday to more than nine years in federal prison.

Todd Deangelo Goodson, age 27, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a September 28, 2017, guilty plea to possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon.  At the guilty plea, Goodson admitted he possessed a Beretta .45 caliber pistol and a Px4 Storm AK47 .223 rifle and 9mm ammunition on June 8, 2017.

During an investigation of Goodson’s involvement in the distribution of illegal drugs, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Goodson’s residence.  Officers seized two guns, ammunition, marijuana, cocaine, a cutting agent, a drug ledger, cash, and drug packing material.  Goodson was a felon and was prohibited from possessing guns or ammunition.

Goodson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Goodson was sentenced to 111 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 3-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), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Goodson 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 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 17-cr-2056.

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Updated March 1, 2018