Illinois Man Sentenced in Iowa for Violence, Stalking, Bombs

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced in an Iowa federal courthouse to 50 years in prison for more than a dozen counts, including domestic violence, stalking, illegal bomb-making and witness tampering.

Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 43-year-old Chad Eric Mink, of Rock Island, Illinois, was sentenced Thursday in Davenport’s federal courthouse. He had been found guilty in June of 15 counts after more than 70 witnesses testified against him.

He had faced up to life in prison for the convictions. There is no parole in the federal system.

Prosecutors say Mink used a stolen truck to ram a vehicle carrying his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend sometime after their 2013 breakup. Officials also showed that Mink had several pipe bombs and had planted a pipe bomb near his ex-girlfriend’s room at the Quad City Inn in Davenport in 2016. Prosecutors say he also tried to convince a witness to destroy and fabricate evidence.

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