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Felony Case Summary (June 2019)

On June 4, 2019 Logan Taylor Quinn was sentenced for the crime of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, to wit:  Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, as a Second or Subsequent Offender in Case No. FECR324864.  The Polk County District Court sentenced the defendant to prison for a term of incarceration not to exceed 20 years consecutive to pending parole matters.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney's Office Drug and Gang Bureau. 

On June 6, 2019, Jovonte Lawrence entered a plea of guilty in FECR323920.  He admitted he failed to make deposits at his business as he was charged to do, and instead kept the money, over $5000, for himself. He will be sentenced on July 29, 2019

On June 6, 2019, Craig Fleming appeared in FECR313073 and entered a plea of guilty to Fraudulent Practice in the 2nd Degree, as a lesser included offense.  The defendant admitted he made claims for unemployment benefits when he was employed, falsely reporting a $0 income.  He admitted he received over $19,000 in unemployment benefits. In advance of the plea, he paid back $5200.  He will be sentenced on July 29, 2019.

On June 6, 2019, Caitlin Golden entered a plea of guilty in FECR325491.  She admitted she entered someone’s home and took property when she had no right to do so.  Sh easked the court to sentence her immediately. She has already been sentenced to prison in two other matters, after she was unsuccessfully discharged from the 5th Judicial District Drug Court Program.  She was sentenced to five (5) years in this mater, concurrent to the two prior sentences. She will serve a period not to exceed 20 years in prison.  She is also required to make restitution to the victim in this case.

On June 13, 2019, Ajah Ballew appeared in FECR316551 for disposition of her probation violation. The defendant previously admitted she had violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and given credit for time served, she was released from jail and continued on probation.

On June 13, 2019, Garrett Lawrence appeared in FECR325641 and entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Forgery.  He admitted he forged and uttered a check without any authority.  He will be sentenced August 1.

On June 13, 2019, Tommy Lee Barton appeared in FECR322023 for sentencing. He previously pled guilty to committing a forgery.  The PSI recommended incarceration.  The State noted his significant history, incarceration and lack of compliance with supervision in the past.  The Court granted his request for probation, placing him at the Ft. Des Moines Facility as a condition.  He will remain in jail pending space available at the Facility.  He will be required to participate in mental health and substance abuse treatment.

On June 18, 2019, Gary Charles Wood Jr. appeared for a bond review hearing. In lieu of a bond review hearing, the parties reached a plea agreement.  The defendant entered a plea of guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault, 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.  He admitted he pushed his girlfriend, constituting an assault, and had previously been convicted of a domestic abuse assault.  He was sentenced to 2 years in prison, all but 49 days suspended, for which he was given 49 days credit for time served and was granted probation.  He will be required to complete a 36-week class regarding domestic violence, obtain a substance abuse evaluation and comply with any recommended treatment, and pay a number of fees.  Additionally, he is required to surrender any firearms or dangerous weapons and is precluded from possessing any until his rights are restored.

On June 18, 2019, Jeffrey Haus appeared in FECR325435, FECR324995 and FECR326234 and entered a plea of guilty to 3 counts of Forgery-1 count in each case. He admitted he forged several checks belonging to someone else and attempted to cash same thereby facilitating a fraud.  He will be sentenced on August 6.

On June 18, 2019, Bryan Graham appeared in FECR317611 and FECR321837. He entered a plea of guilty in FECR317611 to the charge of Dependent Adult Abuse-financial over $100.  He admitted he used monies which were supposed to be used to pay for nursing home care for his mother, for his own personal use, which he knew was a theft. He admitted he was the caretaker of his mother then this occurred.  He will be sentenced on August 6, 2019.

On June 18, 2019 Ethan Toomey appeared in FECR322295 and entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Theft in the 1st Degree. He admitted he submitted time cards and received payment for hours he claimed he worked when in fact he did not work over a period of time during his employment.  He previously agreed to make an effort to pay the money back and did pay $1000 in advance of the plea.  He still owes over $9000, which he will be required to pay back as a condition of his probation.  The defendant asked the Court to sentence him this date, waiving the use of a presentence investigation and waiving further time.  He asked the Court to grant him a Deferred Judgment.  Given the defendant’s lack of any criminal history, that he took responsibility for his actions and began efforts to repay the money, the State agreed with his request.  The Court did grant him a Deferred Judgment and placed him on probation for 2 years. He will be required to have at least a part time job, if he is attending school full time, as a condition of his probation.

On June 18, 2019, Bryan Fausett plead guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D felony, in FE327253, and was sentenced for that crime as well as the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, a Class C felony, in FECR317591, and Burglary of an Unoccupied Motor Vehicle, an aggravated misdemeanor, in case number AG318183.  He was sentenced to a maximum term of incarceration not to exceed five (5) years and ten (10) years, consecutive, and two (2) years, concurrent, for a total term not to exceed fifteen (15) years.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

On June 20, 2019 Robert John Manuel appeared for sentencing for the crimes of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony; Eluding, a Class D Felony; and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation, a Class D Felony in Case Nos. FECR324155 and FECR324361.  The Polk County District Court sentenced the defendant to five years incarceration on each case, to be served consecutively, for a total term of incarceration not to exceed fifteen years among all three cases.  Additionally, the Court ordered this fifteen year prison term be served consecutive to the defendant's parole matters.  This case was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney's Office's Drug and Gang Bureau and Major Offense Bureau. 

On June 26, 2019, Robert Charles Wright III plead guilty to the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, a Class D felony, and Failure to Possess a Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, in case number FE325390.  He will be sentenced on August 21, 2019 and faces a maximum term of incarceration not to exceed ten (10) years.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

On June 26, 2019, Benyemin Ardalon Zargarian appeared before the court for a probation revocation hearing where the defendant has been sentenced previously for the crimes of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense, a Class D felony, as a habitual offender, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third Offense, a Class D felony, in case number FE301226.  The defendant’s probation was revoked and the defendant was sentenced to a maximum term of incarceration not to exceed twenty (20) years with a mandatory three-year term he must serve prior to becoming eligible for parole.  This defendant was prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau.

On June 27, 2019, Timothy Anderson appeared in several cases.  He was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in FECR324325 for Burglary 3rd Degree, 5 years imprisonment in FECR325532 for Burglary 3rd Degree and 10 years imprisonment in FECR323582 for Theft 1st Degree.  The Court did follow the agreement of the parties and ran them consecutive to each other and suspended them, placing him on probation for 2 years. The Defendant was also on probation in FECR297320 for a misdemeanor. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 20 days in jail, credit for those days served. He was also on probation in FECR297398 and was continued on probation.  As a condition of his probation, he is required to reside at the Bridges of Iowa facility, where he has been in residence for the last several months.  The Court also ordered him to obtain his GED.  The Defendant thanked the Court for giving him another chance.  If the Defendant fails to comply with the terms of his probation, he will be sentenced to a term of incarceration not to exceed 30 years.

One June 27, 2019, Robert Stephenson appeared for plea and sentencing in FECR325164 and SRCR324189. He admitted he failed to comply with the sex offender registry, and had previously been convicted of failing to comply with the registry.  He also admitted he absented himself from the Fort Des Moines facility.  He had been placed at the Fort Des Moines as a condition of his parole.  The Court sentenced him to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 5 years + 30 days and ran that consecutive to his parole matter. 

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