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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Des Moines Kum & Go Shooter Found Guilty of Federal Ammunition Charge

Federal Charge Brought Following Split Jury Verdict in Polk County District Court

DES MOINES – Today a federal jury convicted Ceeron Tearrence Williams, age 29, of Des Moines, for felon in possession of ammunition. Williams faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison on the conviction. Williams was ordered to remain detained pending his sentencing on September 10, 2021.

According to court documents and evidence presented at the three-day trial, shortly after 4 a.m. on January 21, 2018, Williams fired nine gunshots from a pistol while he and a group of individuals were standing near the storefront of a Des Moines Kum & Go store. Williams struck a victim with seven of his gunshots, including in the stomach and hips. Williams fled the shooting scene with his pistol.  The victim survived.

Williams was indicted in federal court in February 2021 for possessing ammunition on the date of the shooting, having been previously convicted of a felony. The federal indictment followed a prosecution by the Polk County Attorney’s Office where Williams was charged with Attempted Murder, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent, and related state charges. In September 2020, a Polk County jury acquitted Williams of Attempted Murder but convicted him of several less severe charges. He also has an undischarged term to serve on the state convictions.

Acting U.S. Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Des Moines Police Department, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The case was prosecuted by United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated May 5, 2021