February 29, 2016
from United States District Court for the Southern District
of Iowa - Des Moines.
United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Amy L.
Jennings, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Maureen McGuire, Assistant
U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Des Moines, IA.
Scott Douglas Edwards, Defendant - Appellant: Benjamin David
Bergmann, PARRISH LAW FIRM, Des Moines, IA.
Douglas Edwards, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Jonesville,
WOLLMAN, BYE, and SHEPHERD, Circuit Judges.
Douglas Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of felon in
possession of a firearm. The district court imposed a
sentence of 108 months of imprisonment. Edwards appeals the
calculation of his guidelines sentencing range and the
reasonableness of his sentence. We affirm.
March 19, 2014, Edwards got into an online dispute with Mark
Gines. The dispute was in regards to a woman with whom both
Edwards and Gines had fathered children. Edwards and Gines
made arrangements to meet at a specific location in order to
fight. Jerome Wilson, Edwards's brother, drove Edwards to
the location of the fight. Upon arrival, Edwards saw Gines in
a vehicle and began shooting at Gines; the two cars exchanged
drove away from the scene with Edwards still in the vehicle.
After a police car attempted to stop Wilson's vehicle, a
high-speed chase occurred. During the chase, Edwards jumped
out of the vehicle with the gun and continued to flee on
foot. Wilson eventually stopped his vehicle and surrendered
to law enforcement. Edwards was arrested later the same day.
The next day, law enforcement recovered the gun Edwards used
and later matched Edwards's DNA to blood found on the
gun. At the time of the incident, both Edwards and Wilson had
prior felony convictions.
and Wilson were indicted for being felons in possession of a
firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 922(g)(1) and
924(a)(2). Edwards and Wilson were detained at the same jail,
but prohibited from communicating. Edwards sent two separate
letters to Wilson by sending the letters to a third-party
outside of the jail, who then mailed the letters to Wilson.
Both letters asked Wilson to provide an alibi and a story as