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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Tampering With and Retaliating Against a Witness

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced that on November 12, 2019, 24 year-old Javon Joshua Jennings was sentenced to 57 months in prison by District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger for one count of Tampering with a Witness, and one count of Retaliating Against a Witness. Jennings was also ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release for each count, to run concurrently, following the period of incarceration. The sentence was also ordered to be served consecutive to a sentence imposed in state court in April, 2019, for Child Endangerment Causing Death and Involuntary Manslaughter.

An inmate in the Pottawattamie County Jail was served a subpoena by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April, 2019, and when the inmate informed his family in a telephone conversation other inmates overheard the conversation. Shortly thereafter, Jennings repeatedly assaulted the inmate that had been served with the subpoena.

This case was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated November 18, 2019