Ames man sentenced to 13 years in prison after involvement in 2016 shooting

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Jill O'Brien

An Ames resident was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison after his involvement in a 2016 robbery and shooting in north Ames. 

Vyagales Levert Shaw, 26, was originally charged with attempted murder, first degree robbery, first-degree theft, willful injury, felony assault, going armed with intent, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, drug stamp, criminal penalties, probation violation and habitual offender, according to the Ames Tribune. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to sell marijuana. 

According to the U.S Attorney’s Office, Shaw and Kevin Darnell Williams traveled to north Ames in August 2016 to obtain marijuana they intended to sell. Shaw drove Williams to the drug deal, which turned into a robbery when Williams shot the victim multiple times.

Shaw and Williams fled in their car, until Williams got out of the car and fled on foot. Shaw was later stopped with both the handgun used and stolen items from the scene. Shaw was arrested in Illinois in November 2016.

Williams was found guilty of robbery, using and carrying a firearm related to a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm in April 2017, according to the Ames Tribune. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in September.