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Iowa alderman admits lying to grand jury in drug case

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A city alderman in eastern Iowa has admitted lying to a federal grand jury last year.

Bill Boom appeared in U.S. District Court in Davenport on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to making a false declaration before a grand jury. He's scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24 and faces up to five years in prison. He declined to comment after the hearing. Boom is serving his fifth term representing Davenport's 3rd Ward

A plea agreement says Boom testified before a federal grand jury on July 19 in connection with a crystal ice methamphetamine investigation. Boom admits in the agreement that he lied when he said he didn't know a former housemate used meth and that he hadn't given money to Joseph Allen Terry, who is awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges.


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