CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors for Iowa say five men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a 2017 drug deal that ended in the death of another man.
Prosecutors say 21-year-old Chase Zerba, 22-year-old Cameron Klouda and 24-year-old Tyler Clemens had each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and a weapons count in the death of 20-year-old Dylan Plotz. Twenty-two-year-old Dillon Beener and 20-year-old Kordell Jones had each pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and a gun count. On Monday, Zerba and Klouda were each sentenced to 96 months in federal prison; Clemens received 78 months, Beener 80 months, and Jones 82 months.
Investigators say Plotz, Beener, Jones and another person met with Zerba to buy marijuana, but planned instead to rob Zerba of the drugs. At the meeting, Zerba was accompanied by Klouda and Clemens. Police say Plotz pulled a handgun on the other group, and someone produced a shotgun and killed Plotz.
None were charged with Plotz's death.