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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 21, 2018

Waterloo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison after Attempting to Shoot a Waterloo Police Officer

Received the Statutory Maximum Sentence of a Decade in Prison

A man who possessed a firearm as a felon and fired a shot at a Waterloo police officer was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.

Miquelle Miller, age 23, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 19, 2017 guilty plea to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon.

Evidence at the sentencing showed that on May 21, 2017, Miller and his associates discharged a firearm within the city limits of Waterloo.  Police received a 911 call regarding the shots and several officers responded to investigate.  One officer located Miller walking down the 800 block of West Parker.  The officer turned his vehicle around in order to ask Miller if he had seen or heard anything.  As he was doing so, Miller took off running.  The officer drove up to Miller and began exiting his vehicle when Miller turned, raised his arm, and fired one shot towards the officer.  Miller ran again and threw the gun in a nearby backyard.  Miller was arrested later that evening and police recovered the gun. 

Miller was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Miller 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), 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.

Miller 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 investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and 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 https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-cr-2060.

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated May 22, 2018