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Waterloo Shooter To Federal Prison For Gun, Drug Charges

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

A Waterloo man who shot another individual in October 2012 was sentenced today to more than 21 years in federal prison.

Amos Dee Deering, Sr., age 31, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 25, 2013 guilty plea to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and being unlawfully in possession of a firearm as a felon, domestic abuser, and drug user.

Evidence at an earlier hearing showed that in the early morning of October 19, 2012, Deering fought with another individual at a residence in the 400 block of Lane Street in Waterloo, Iowa. During the fight Deering shot the other individual in the upper torso. After fleeing the scene of the shooting, Deering drove to Singing Bird Lake park, but left the park only a few minutes later. Deering’s car was stopped and he was detained on suspicion of drunk driving. Officers returned to the park and, under a bush, found a discarded sock containing a pistol and some crack cocaine. Forensic tests later matched the firearm found inside the sock to a shell casing found at the scene of the shooting. Deering had previously been convicted of first degree burglary, felony eluding, and domestic abuse causing bodily injury.

Deering was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Deering was sentenced to 261 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve an eight-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Deering 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 was investigated by the Waterloo Police Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 6:13-CR-02002-LRR.

Updated February 19, 2015