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United States of America v. Justin Michael Buehler
Case Number: 21-CR-2006
Judge: C.J. Williams
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (Black Hawk County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Waterloo, Iowa criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiring to have a government witness assaulted and sexually abusing multiple women.
Justin Michael Buehler, age 39, from Oelwin, Iowa, distributed methamphetamine to an employee at his workplace. In January 2019, law enforcement agents coordinated with the employee to set up two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Buehler’s home. The agents surveilled both purchases.
At sentencing, the Court found Buehler obstructed justice by conspiring with his cell mates to have one of the government’s witnesses physically assaulted before trial. The Court also found that two witnesses credibly testified that Buehler convinced them to come to his residence, provided substances to them, and sexually assaulted them multiple times.
The Court credited Buehler with at least 15 adult criminal convictions and found he qualified as a career offender under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
Buehler was sentenced to serve 360 months’ imprisonment and must serve a 6-year term of supervised release following his term of incarceration. There is no parole in the federal system. Buehler remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Dorval Norwood and Pat Reinert. The case was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
21:841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B) CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE
21:841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C) and 851 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - SELL, DISTRIBUTE, OR DISPENSE
Outcome: Sentencing held on 1/9/2023 as to defendant Justin Michael Buehler. Government's motion for upward variance 152 is granted. Government's motion for upward departure 152 is denied. Defendant's motion for downward variance 154 is denied. Government exhibits filed at 152 . Defense exhibits filed at 153 . Defendant detained. Official Court Record: Patrice Murray PAMurrayReporting@gmail.com (jbb) (Entered: 01/09/2023)