WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on federal gun charges after he shot a man who later died.
Alberto Quinto-Pascual, 37, shot Alejandro Franco in May 2019 at a Waterloo apartment. He was not charged with murder but was sentenced Friday in federal court on gun charges.
Quinto-Pascual was charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Prosecutors said the two men met at a bar and returned to a house, where Quinto-Pascual shot the victim. He then hid the gun, went to another house and reported the shooting. Franco was found alive but died later at a hospital.
Quinto-Pascual told police Franco had accidentally shot himself.
District Court Judge C.J. Williams found that Quinto-Pascual was holding the gun when the shot was fired. That finding changed the possible sentence from three to four years up to