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Man accused of felony harassment seeks trial delay

BY BRENT GRIFFITHS | AUGUST 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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A man charged with holding a gun to his girlfriends’ head has filed a motion to continue his trial according to online court documents.

Francis Almeida is accused of first-degree harassment, and domestic-abuse assault with intent or displaying a weapon, both of which are Class-D felonies.

Almeida allegedly told a woman, “If you do this again, I will kill you” and unloaded the gun. Almeida also allegedly held a gun to her head on at least four different occasions.

The victim provided several pictures of Almeida and his guns in June to an Iowa City police officer. The photos showed Almeida with a semiautomatic handgun, a shotgun, a long rifle, and an AK-47.

One photo showed Almeida’s niece standing in front of two rifles with the pistol tucked in her diaper.

Previously, Almeida has been charged with three counts of aggravated misdemeanors; these charges were dismissed in July.


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