Man accused in pair of Coralville armed robberies receives new sentence

Man accused in pair of Coralville armed robberies receives new sentence

Sentences have been handed down to a Coralville man for his role in a pair of armed robberies.

Ali Abdelkarim Ali of Holiday Road has been sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison as part of a plea deal in each case. He’ll have to serve at least five years of his ten-year sentence for an alleged armed robbery of a man at Soapy Waters Laundromat on 22nd Avenue on Nov. 13 after pleading guilty to a 2nd Degree Robbery charge. In exchange, one count of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card was dismissed.

Police say Ali grabbed a man’s wallet and ran off, with the victim giving chase. But they say at some point Ali stopped and threatened the man with a handgun before running off again. He then allegedly used the man’s credit cards to buy $40 worth of items at a gas station and attempted to make a more than $800 purchase at Walgreen’s.

And the 21-year-old’s appeal of his previous sentence for his role in a June 2015 armed robbery worked out in his favor, with his sentence being reduced from the original ten years down to two years, with credit for time served.

In that incident, police say Ali and several others went to a home on 10th Avenue to rob a teen. During that robbery, police say one of the robbers shot the teen in the leg. Ali had agreed to a plea deal in February 2016 under which Attempted Murder and 1st Degree Robbery Charges were dismissed.

That remained the case under the new plea deal, with a 2nd Degree Burglary charge negotiated down to Attempted 3rd Degree Burglary. Had he been convicted on the original charges, he could have faced up to 50 years in prison.