☷C Block Member Sentenced to 384 Months in Federal Prison
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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A guy from Des Moines got sentenced today to 384 months in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of buying guns illegally and having illegal firearms , including a machinegun . The whole thing started when the guy , Dontavius Rashawn Sharkey , who ' s part of the C - Block gang , started shooting at a crowd of people during a baby shower . Three teenagers got hit , but luckily they all survived . It turns out his motive was just because he thought there was a rival gang member in the crowd , which is messed up . After the shooting , Sharkey , who ' s already a convicted felon , got someone else to buy him more guns from different stores in Des Moines . The cops found one of those guns when they searched his place , and he even tried to run away with it , but they caught him with the help of an ATF K - 9 . He ' s also getting an extra two years added to his sentence because he violated his release conditions . After he serves his time , he ' ll still have to be on supervised release for three years . The Des Moines Police Chief and the ATF are happy about this case because it shows how they can work together to hold violent criminals accountable and keep our community safe . They ' re gonna keep working hard to bring people who use guns to hurt others to justice . Westphal from the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement . The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin M . Herrera and Adam J . Kerndt . The case was investigated by the Des Moines Police Department – Intelligence Division , the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms , and Explosives ( ATF ) , and the Federal Bureau of Investigations . Leading the investigation was Des Moines Police Detective/ATF Task Force Officer Brian Minnehan . This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) , a program that brings together law enforcement and communities to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer . PSN is a proven effective program at reducing violent crime and is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce crime . Through PSN , a variety of stakeholders work together to identify and solve the most urgent violent crime issues in the community . PSN focuses on targeting the most violent offenders and collaborates with local prevention and reentry programs to achieve long - term reductions in crime . For more information , contact the Public Information Officer at 515 - 473 - 9300 or USAIAS . PAO@usdoj . gov .
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