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Kevin Darnell Williams Sentenced for Robbery, Drug, and Firearms Offenses

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

Williams shot victim at drug deal in Ames, Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – On September 12, 2017, Kevin Darnell Williams, also known as “Splash,” 24, was sentenced to 270 months in federal prison for the crimes of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, robbery, discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Sentence was imposed by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey. Williams was convicted of these crimes by a jury on April 20, 2017.

According to evidence presented at trial, Williams set up a marijuana deal with the victim in Ames. Once the two met, on August 9, 2016, the drug deal turned into a robbery, and Williams shot the victim four times. Williams was apprehended by law enforcement in Chicago several days after the shooting.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Central Iowa Gang Task Force, the Ames Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.



Learn more about this release by calling Jason T. Griess at 515-473-9300, or by emailing him at





Updated September 13, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime