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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waterloo Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Falsely Testifying In Sawed-Off Shotgun Case

A man who committed perjury in federal court proceedings relating to a sawed-off shotgun charge was sentenced November 24, 2014, to nearly three years in federal prison.

Clay Willie Gilmer, age 20, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 8, 2014, guilty plea to making material false declarations before a court or grand jury.  The prosecution stemmed from Gilmer’s testimony before the grand jury and at a trial of Patrelle Green-Bowman.  Evidence at Green-Bowman’s trial showed a sawed-off shotgun was found on August 2, 2013, by Waterloo Police in a car primarily used by Gilmer.  The sawed-off shotgun was partially wrapped in Green-Bowman’s coat and was sitting immediately behind Green-Bowman in the car, in which he was the only occupant.

At the guilty plea, Gilmer admitted he testified before a federal grand jury in September 2013 that he had seen Green-Bowman with the sawed-off shotgun.  Gilmer also admitted that during Green-Bowman’s December 2013 federal trial on the sawed-off shotgun charges, he testified he had not seen Green-Bowman with a gun on the relevant date.  The jury found Green-Bowman guilty of the firearms charges in December, but the court granted Green-Bowman a new trial in April 2014.  Gilmer testified in Green-Bowman’s May 2014 retrial, and Green-Bowman was again convicted.  Green-Bowman was later sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.

At Gilmer’s sentencing, the court found Gilmer had testified falsely at both trials, and also that he lied under oath at his own guilty plea hearing about his drug use and criminal history. 

Gilmer was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Gilmer was sentenced to 33 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.

Gilmer 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 Dan Chatham and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department. 

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is CR14-44-LRR.

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Updated February 19, 2015