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Man with 56 criminal convictions gets 10 years for Cedar Rapids shots fired incident

Tiamo Blackcloud fired gun in Cedar Rapids neighborhood in 2015

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man with 56 criminal convictions was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last week.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 38-year-old Tiamo Blackcloud was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison. Blackcloud pleaded guilty in January to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. As a felon, Blackcloud cannot legally possess a gun or ammunition.

During his guilty plea hearing, Blackcloud admitted to firing a weapon into the air in a Cedar Rapids neighborhood on Aug. 18, 2015. Blackcloud had been drinking at the time, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office states that Blackcloud has 56 criminal convictions, including two felony convictions. Since turning 18, Blackcloud has engaged in numerous crimes, including “numerous assaultive encounters with both women and the police,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

At the sentencing, the judge ordered Blackcloud to serve the maximum sentence based on his criminal history, risk to the public and the circumstances of the crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. There is no parole in the federal system.

In addition to his prison sentence, Blackcloud is to serve a 3-year supervised release.

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