Five men who were involved in an attempted robbery in Coggon two years ago that left one man dead have been sentenced to more than six years to federal prison.
21-year old Chase Zerba and 22-year old Cameron Klouda, both of Coggon, and 24-year old Tyler Clemens of Alburnett received prison terms after each had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
22-year old Dillon Beener and 20-year old Kordell Jones, both of Cedar Rapids, were sentenced after each had previously pled guilty to attempted robbery and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Evidence during the case established that on February 1, 2017, law enforcement officers responded to an address in Coggon after receiving a 911 call regarding a shooting. When officers arrived, they located 20-year old Dylan Plotz of Cedar Rapids dead in the front yard of the home. He had been shot at close range with a shotgun.
Authorities say prior to the shooting, Plotz, along with Beener, Jones and another person, traveled to Coggon from Cedar Rapids with the intention to meet with Zerba and rob him of marijuana. When they arrived at Zerba’s home, Clemens, Klouda and Zerba were sitting in a minivan parked in the driveway. After approaching the minivan, Plotz raised a pistol and demanded that Zerba give them the marijuana. As the group attempted the robbery, one of the men inside the vehicle fired one round from a shotgun into Plotz’s head.
During Monday’s sentencing, the judge noted this was an avoidable accident where “there was enough fault to go around for everybody”.