Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man sentenced to more than a year in prison for assaulting U.S. marshal

Also must pay $97,936 in restitution

A Cedar Rapids man who assaulted and seriously injured a U.S. marshal was sentenced last week in federal court to more than a year in prison and also ordered to pay the federal officer over $91,000 in lost income.

Nicholas S. Corporon, 40, pleaded guilty in August to assaulting a federal employee. The plea agreement shows Corporon knowingly and forcibly assaulted a U.S. Marshals Service Task Force Officer Mikel Wombacher as he was attempting to arrest Corporon on an outstanding warrant May 24. Corporon resisted when Wombacher attempted to place him in handcuffs, and then ran from the officer.

Once Wombacher caught Corporon following a foot chase, Corporon again struggled and resisted being placed in handcuffs, according to the plea. As a result of the struggle, Wombacher was physically injured.

Court documents show Wombacher will not be able to work as a law enforcement officer due to his injury. He will lose one year of income because he had planned to retire April of 2019 before this injury occurred but now cannot continue until that time.

According to court records, Corporon has been previously charged and convicted of drug charges and burglary.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Corporon to 21 months in prison and also ordered him to pay $91,092 in restitution to Wombacher and $6,844 to the City of Cedar Rapids because the city covered Wombacher’s medical bills and job injury leave.

Corporon must also serve three years on supervised release following his prison time.

Corporon is being held in U.S. marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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