SIOUX CITY | A man who shot a Sioux City police officer in April now faces federal robbery, carjacking and firearms charges.
His brother and a female acquaintance also face charges. The three are accused of robbing two drug dealers in Sioux City.
Jamal Dean, 22, of Sioux City, is charged in U.S. District Court in Sioux City with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and two counts each of carjacking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Levon Dean, 24, of Sioux City, faces the same charges as his brother with the exception of one count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Sarah Berg, 32, of Sioux City, pleaded not guilty Thursday to conspiracy, carjacking, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime and prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Her trial was scheduled for Dec. 2. She is currently in the Woodbury County Jail pending a detention hearing Monday.
Her attorney, Jim McGough, of Omaha, could not be reached for comment.
Jamal and Levon Dean have yet to be arraigned. Online court records do not yet list attorneys for them.
If convicted of the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime charges, Jamal and Levon Dean would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison that must be served consecutive, or back to back, with the prison sentence for any other charge for which they might be convicted. Their other charges carry prison sentences totaling a maximum of 80 years.
Berg faces a seven-year mandatory minimum prison sentence and the potential for an additional 45 years.
The indictment, unsealed Thursday, spells out a conspiracy by Jamal and Levon Dean and Berg to rob drug dealers of drugs, cash and other possessions, including cars, at gunpoint.
The allegations include:
-- An April 15 robbery by Jamal and Levon Dean and Berg of a drug dealer at a room at Palmer House Motel, 3440 Gordon Drive, in which they flashed a semiautomatic Mossberg .22-caliber rifle, beat him with the gun and threatened to shoot him if he did not give up his drugs and money. The three are accused of taking methamphetamine, cash and the dealer's car.
-- An April 24 robbery of a drug dealer at his home in the 4300 block of Polk Street in Sioux City in which Jamal and Levon Dean, using the same rifle, assaulted the man and stole drugs, money, home electronics items and two cars.
Because of past criminal convictions, Jamal and Levon Dean and Berg all were prohibited from possessing firearms.
Jamal and Levon Dean had both faced state charges in connection with the April 24 robbery. Because of media coverage, Levon Dean's trial was moved to Kossuth County after his first trial in Woodbury County ended in a mistrial during jury selection. The Woodbury County Attorney's Office later dropped the charges because he had been charged in federal court in connection with the same incident.
Jamal Dean's charges related to the robbery were dismissed as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the April 29 shooting of Sioux City police Officer Kevin McCormick. Dean shot McCormick in the head during a traffic stop in an alley off West Fourth Street, then fled, touching off a nationwide manhunt.
Jamal Dean was later arrested approximately 105 miles from the Mexican border in Texas and returned to Sioux City to face charges. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in August.
McCormick has returned to duty.
Levon Dean is scheduled to stand trial Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court on unrelated robbery and burglary charges.