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Waterloo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Robbery

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

A Waterloo man who was part of a conspiracy to rob two victims at gunpoint was sentenced July 25, 2022, to more than 12 years in federal prison.

Chavee E’Laun Harden, age 32, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 18, 2021 jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. 

Evidence at trial showed that, on November 4, 2020, Harden, Antione Maxwell (who was sentenced on July 25, 2022, to 30 years in prison), and another individual conspired with each other to rob Harden’s marijuana dealers at gun point of marijuana products and drug-related proceeds.  Harden facilitated the armed robbery, and Maxwell and the other individual held guns to the victims’ heads and threatened to kill them.  The marijuana products, money, and firearms were later located either inside or outside of Harden’s residence. 

Harden was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Harden was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment, and 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.

Harden 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 Patrick Reinert and Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-2013.

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Updated July 27, 2022

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