Two connected with Iowa City officer-involved shooting sentenced in federal court

Fatal August 2012 shooting occurred after undercover drug deal soured

Published: December 6 2013 | 8:34 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:32 am in
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Two men connected with an officer-involved shooting near Iowa City last year were sentenced in federal court in Davenport Thursday afternoon.

The sentencing comes after John Mulbah, 22, and Norman Dudley, 22, were indicted in U.S. District Court in November 2012. The pair was accused of conspiring to distribute at least 28 grams of a substance containing cocaine on two occasions in August 2012, when they were arrested.

They pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine base.

Mulbah was accused of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and five counts of distribution of cocaine base. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base earlier this year and was sentenced to 72 months. 

Dudley was accused of  one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and five counts of distribution of cocaine base. He pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine base earlier this year and was sentenced to  26 months.

Dudley and Mulbah were arrested after undercover officers with the Division of Narcotics Enforcement met Ivan Hardemon, 24, at a trailer in the Breckenridge Estates mobile home park Aug. 16, 2012. When the undercover officers entered the unit, prosecutors said Hardemon put a gun to Agent Daniel Stapleton's head after armed men found a gun on him. Stapleton was able to grab his own gun, push Hardemon's away, and fire four shots at Hardemon, who died after running from the scene.

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