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Federal jury convicts man on charges related to 2014 killing

Matthew Robbins
Matthew Robbins
James Booher
James Booher
Danielle Busch, Matthew Robbins, and William Yancey

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL/AP) -- A federal jury has found a man guilty of charges related to the 2014 death of a Marion man whose body has never been found.

Jurors on Monday found Matthew Robbins guilty of robbery affecting interstate commerce, conspiracy to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce and using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in murder.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the charges relate to the killing of James Booher, who was known as a drug dealer.

Prosecutors argued the 48-year-old Robbins robbed and fatally shot Booher on May 31, 2014, at a house in Ely.

Robbins will be sentenced later. He faces at least 10 years in prison and could face a term of up to life in prison.

Robbins is one of three people charged in the incident that allegedly led to Booher's death. Danielle Busch, Robbin's former girlfriend, has plead guilty to participating in the drug robbery and William Yancey is waiting to go on trial.

An indictment alleged that, Robbins, along with Busch and Yancey, conspired to, and robbed Booher of meth and the proceeds of controlled substance transactions. The indictment further alleged the three used and possessed a firearm in furtherance of the robbery, which they brandished and discharged, causing death.

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Federal documents obtained by KWWL in 2015, outline that Robbins and Booher had met at Robbins’ former residence on the 300 block of Nederhiser Road in Ely for a drug deal.

A few days after the robbery Robbins moved out of his Ely house. Allegedly burning carpet and furniture in the back yard.

Back in May 2015, KWWL was at the Ely home when investigators along with a team of archaeologists from Indianapolis University searched the property with equipment for digging. Although, at the time Police wouldn’t confirm what they were looking for.

Booher’s truck was found 10 days after his disappearance. His body has never been found.

In February 2020, law enforcement agencies were digging at a Cedar Rapids residence, once listed as a home address for Yancey. There were no comments to KWWL on if anything was found.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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