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Waterloo police recovered a semi-automatic handgun after it was stolen from Levi Brothers Jewelry and Loan, 306 E. Fourth St., Waterloo, on Oct. 10, 2016.

WATERLOO – A Waterloo man has been sentenced to prison for trying to steal a handgun from a downtown pawn shop in 2016.

Judge Leonard Strand sentenced 19-year-old Sahjit Mcyle Phillips to three years and five months in prison during a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Phillips had pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of a firearm from a licensed dealer.

He will serve three years of supervised release following his prison time.

Prosecutors said Phillips was inside Levi Brothers’ Jewelry and Loan in October 2016, and when the employee who was helping him stepped away, he grabbed a .45-caliber Kahr pistol and ran off. He allegedly entered a home a few blocks away, took a cell phone from the resident and hid the weapons in a closet. He was found a short time later by authorities.

While he was out on bond for the gun theft, Phillips allegedly shot Jeremiah Taylor of Cedar Rapids in the buttocks in the area of West Fourth Street and Western Avenue. He was currently awaiting trial in state court for charges of willful injury and intimidation with a weapon.

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Police and Courts Reporter

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