Ames shooting suspect convicted on charges of robbery, drug and firearm offenses

Danielle Gehr

A federal jury convicted Kevin Williams, 23, the suspect in an Ames shooting last August, of robbery, drug and firearms offenses, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

Sentencing for the convictions, which include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; robbery; discharge of firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence; and felon in possession of a firearm is set for Sept. 12, 2017, at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines.

The shooting took place Aug. 9, 2016, and according to evidence presented at the trial, Williams, also known as “Splash,” and the victim set up a drug deal in Ames. The deal turned into a robbery once the two met, ultimately ending with Williams shooting the victim four times, according to police.

Law enforcement apprehended Williams in Chicago days after the shooting. 

The victim was Boone resident Leonard Boyd III, 29, who was immediately brought to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he was in stable condition after suffering several gun shot wounds. 

Ames Police Cmdr. Jason Tuttle told the Daily the night of the shooting that there had been a verbal argument between the victim and the suspect that later led to a physical altercation and the shooting.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Central Iowa Gang Task Force, the Ames Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all contributed to this investigation.