Independence Man Sentenced to Prison for Invading Waterloo Home

An Independence man who led a group invading a Waterloo home was sentenced Monday to ten years in federal prison.

41-year old James Welton received the prison term after pleading guilty in March to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that Welton led a group of individuals into a Waterloo home on the evening of October 21, 2019. The group was armed with two stolen firearms.  Once they got into the home, they attempted to kidnap one of the residents, assaulted one person, and discharged both guns.

Welton was sentenced in Cedar Rapids to 120 months’ imprisonment and fined $50,000.  He was also ordered to prepay the Court $8500 for the cost of his court appointed attorney.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

Welton is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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