- Associated Press - Friday, July 31, 2020

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 a maximum of 15 years, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

Quinto, a citizen of Mexico, will likely be deported following his prison time.

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