Dre'Sean Barber Verdict
On Monday, October 1, 2017, Polk County Jurors found defendant Dre'Sean Barber guilty of Murder in the Second Degree for the shooting death of Edmanuel Perez on November 29,2015. Barber was also found guilty of Assault with Intent to Inflict a Serious Injury on Andrew Hurley-Boyd, who was also shot on the same date. Barber, age 26, will be sentenced by Judge Karen Romano on November 17, 2017 and faces up to 52 years in prison. Under Iowa's mandatory minimum laws, Barber will have to serve at least 70% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
The bar where the incident took place, Carbon, at 216 Court Avenue, nearly lost its license after this 2015 shooting. In 2016, the bar's owner signed a "good neighbor" agreement that required the bar to install 24-hour security cameras and hire security guards. Ultimately, after a second shooting in February 2017 and after being cited with several city violations for allowing underage patrons into the bar and serving at least one underage patron, the Des Moines City Council revoked the liquor license for Carbon.