Attorney’s Office

Felony Case Summary (January 2020)

On January 2, 2020 Taylor Rector appeared for sentencing in FECR331671 and FECR329759.  He previously pled guilty to two counts of Theft in the 1st Degree.  Although he has limited employment history, he also has limited criminal history and the State did not object to his request for a Deferred Judgment on both matters.  He will be on probation for five (5) years and will be required to pay victim restitution as well as comply with other conditions of probation.

On January 2, 2020 Rickie Kenoyer appeared in FECR331821 and entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Attempted Burglary in the 1st Degree. He admitted he tried to break into a residence which was occupied by at least one person and was in possession of a dangerous weapon. He will be sentenced in February.  While he was out on bond after being charged with this offense, the defendant violated the No Contact Order which was entered in this case.  He previously stipulated to that violation.  The sentence for the violation will be determined at the same time as the sentence in this case.

On January 2, 2020, Shannon Brown appeared in FECR325275 and FECR327731 for sentencing.  He previously admitted he was in possession of a firearm when he was not allowed to be due to prior domestic abuse assault conviction.  He was granted a 5 year suspended sentence and will be supervised for 2 years.

On January 9, 2020 Michael Young appeared in FECR331543 and entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Theft in the 2nd Degree. He admitted he deposited a check he knew was fraudulent and made several withdrawals from the account in excess of $7000 before the check was rejected.  He also appeared in AGCR326032 and stipulated he was in violation of his probation by committing the new offense. He will be sentenced March 2.

On January 9, 2020 Daisha McAvaddy appeared in FECR327556 and entered a plea of guilty to Theft in the 2nd Degree.  She admitted she filled her cart at Hy-Vee with items with a value in excess of $1500 and left the store without paying for them. She will be sentenced March 2. 

On January 9, 2020 Blair Burrows appeared in FECR331616 and FECR329203 and entered pleas of guilty to the charges of Credit Card Fraud, Forgery and Ongoing Criminal Conduct.  The defendant admitted he used fraudulent credit cards (numbers) to purchase or attempt to purchase over $17,000 in fireworks.  He also admitted he himself, and through others, deposited several forged checks at ATMs and banks around the metro Des Moines area over a period of about 2 months.  He and others he employed in the scheme, would deposit checks and then withdraw cash from the banks, defrauding the banks of tens of thousands of dollars. The others involved, thought charged in the same Trial Information, will be resolved separately.  All defendants involved have scheduled plea dates.  Burrows will be sentenced March 3.

On January 14, 2020, Dennis Raymond Durham appeared for sentencing for the crime of Failure to Affix a Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, in Case No. FECR331910.  The Polk County District Court sentenced the defendant to prison for a term not to exceed five years.  This five year term was ordered to be served consecutive to the defendant's parole matters.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney's Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

On January 14, 2020, James Robert Ferguson appeared for sentencing for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class C Felony, and Failure to Affix a tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, in Case No. FECR331987.  The Polk County District Court ordered that the sentences in each offense be served consecutive to one another, and the Court sentenced the defendant to prison for a total term not to exceed 15 years.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney's Office Drug and Gang Bureau. 

On January 16, 2020, Victoria Borha appeared for sentencing. She previously pled guilty to Theft 2nd Degree.  The parties agreed the defendant should be given an opportunity for a deferred judgment. The Court granted her request and placed her on probation for 2 years.  She will be required to make restitution to the victim of the offense, her prior employer, pay certain fees and costs. 

On January 16, 2020, Robert Gatlin appeared for sentencing in FCR329720. He previously pled guilty to Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry, 2nd or Subsequent Offense.  The Court sentenced him to prison for a period of years not to exceed five (5) years.

On January 16, 2020, James Bush Jr. appeared in FECR328503 for sentencing on the charge of Theft in the 2nd Degree as an habitual offender. He had previously pled guilty to the charge of Theft but the habitual offender enhancement was added pursuant to plea agreement.  He admitted he has previously been convicted of felonies on at least 2 prior occasions.  He also previously admitted he violated the terms of his previous probation by committing the new offense.  The probation officer agreed to continue working with the defendant.  The Court sentenced him to a period of incarceration not to exceed fifteen years on the new offense and twenty years on the prior offenses, which the parties agreed would run consecutive to each other.  The Court suspended his 35 year sentence and placed him on probation to two years.

On January 24, 2020 Cody Paul Wisinski appeared for a probation violation in Case Nos. AGCR319053 and FECR312585 for the crimes of Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class C Felony, respectively.  Additionally, this defendant appeared for sentencing for the crime of Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury, a Serious Misdemeanor.  The Polk County District Court sentenced this defendant to prison for a term not to exceed 12 years for all three cases.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office’s Drug and Gang Bureau and Indictable Bureau. 

On January 31, 2020 Cody Richard Kuehl appeared for a probation violation in Case No. FECR320987. The defendant was on probation for the crime of Failure to Affix a Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony.  The Polk County District Court revoked the defendant’s probation and sentenced him to prison for a term not to exceed five years.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

On January 31, 2020 Malik Alijawon Harris appeared for a probation violation in Case No. FECR321185.  The defendant was on probation for the crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, a Class C Felony.  The Polk County District Court revoked the defendant’s probation and sentenced him to prison for a term not to exceed ten years.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

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