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Dubuque park shooter sentenced to 10 years in prison

Cowan Godfrey

Cowan Godfrey

DUBUQUE — A man convicted of spraying bullets into a public park in Dubuque has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Cowan Godfrey, 31, pleaded guilty last March to being a felon in possession of ammunition. Evidence shown at his sentencing revealed that Godfrey and fellow gang members got into an altercation at Dubuque’s Jackson Park on April 1, 2015 with another group of individuals. During the fight, Godfrey got a gun from his car and fired at least seven shots into the park, with at least one bullet hitting playground equipment. No one was injured as a result of the shooting.

Godfrey was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids to 120 months in prison as well as a three-year term of supervised release after his prison term expires. He will not be eligible for parole.


Jackson Park, Dubuque