Area man charged with attempted murder

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 01, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City police charged an 18-year-old Solon resident with attempted murder after he allegedly left a local man with two gunshot wounds in his hands.

Dakota Lee Williams, 18, Solon, was charged Feb. 25 with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, and going armed with intent.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office also charged Williams with five counts of burglary to a motor vehicle and interference with official acts.

According to police reports, Williams, entered the victim’s residence at 906 N. Dodge St. while holding a handgun and dressed in black with a bandanna across his face.

Williams allegedly pointed the gun at the man, forced his way inside the apartment, and demanded money. Williams then reportedly put the gun to the victim’s head and threatened to shoot him if he resisted.

During the struggle, the gun discharged and the victim was shot in both hands, according to police.

Officers tracked Williams to where they believed he left with a vehicle. The victim was reportedly transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Attempted murder is a Class B felony generally punishable by a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison.

— by Jordan Fries

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