Men from Mason City, Waterloo convicted on federal armed robbery charges

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Mason City man has been convicted along with a Waterloo man as part of an armed robbery in Waterloo.

The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa’s office says 33-year-old Antione Maxwell of Mason City and 32-year-old Chavee Harden of Waterloo were convicted last week by a federal jury in Cedar Rapids of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery. Maxwell was also convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say evidence shown at trial that on November 4th of last year the pair worked together to rob two Waterloo residents at gunpoint, with Maxwell holding a firearm to one of the victim’s head and robbed them of marijuana products, money and cell phones. The items that were stolen were later found in Harden’s house and in Maxwell’s car parked in front of Harden’s house.

Harden and Maxwell each face a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following prison when sentenced at a later date.