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Friday, January 6, 2017

Prison sentence for Muscatine man injured in officer-involved shooting

Today, January 6, 2017, TIMOTHY WILLIAM SEEFELDT, of Muscatine was sentenced for the offenses of theft in the first degree and two counts of interference with official acts while armed with a dangerous weapon. The court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed ten years.

SEEFELDT was involved in an incident on January 15, 2016, where he was shot by a Muscatine County Sheriff's Deputy after attempting to flee from the location of a traffic stop. SEEFELDT backed up his vehicle and nearly struck the deputy and a Muscatine Police Officer. SEEFELDT received a non-life-threatening injury. Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren later determined that the deputy's actions were justified and lawful. Muscatine County Sheriff C.J. Ryan determined that the deputy's actions were consistent with departmental policies.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Charges filed in murder-for-hire scheme against jail inmate previously charged in murder-for-hire scheme.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today, December 29, 2016, that charges have been filed against JUSTIN DEWITT, 36, of North Liberty, Iowa for three counts of attempt to commit murder. Each charge is a class "B" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 25 years.

The criminal complaints allege that DEWITT sought the murder of three individuals: an Iowa Department of Public Safety special agent, an adult male, and an adult female. The conduct occurred while DEWITT was an inmate in the Muscatine County Jail where he is being held on behalf of the Johnson County Sheriff. DEWITT is being held on four counts of attempt to commit murder and four counts of solicitation to commit murder. His Johnson County charges were filed June 27, 2016. The criminal complaints in that case allege that DEWITT sought the murder of two adults and two children.

DEWITT was seen by a judge for an initial appearance this morning. Bond was set at $750,000. The court scheduled a preliminary hearing for January 9, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. He remains in the Muscatine County Jail where he has been placed in administrative segregation.

The charges against DEWITT are merely accusations. He is presumed to be innocent.

The most recent charges against DEWITT were the result of an investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation and Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Muscatine man found guilty after jury trial


Jose Manuel Martinez, 37, of Muscatine, Iowa was found guilty today by a Muscatine County jury of three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, cocaine, and three counts of violation of the Iowa Drug Tax Stamp Act. Evidence at trial showed that on three occasions in 2014 Martinez sold more than seven grams cocaine to an informant and on each of those occasions there was not a drug tax stamp affixed to the cocaine.
Martinez faces a prison term of not to exceed 45 years. He will be sentenced November 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Martinez was taken into custody pending sentencing.

The case was tried by First Assistant Muscatine County Attorney Korie L. Shippee.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Muscatine man sent to prison for firearms offenses

August 31, 2016

MARCUS FRY, age 28, of Muscatine, was sentenced for the offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, trafficking in stolen weapons (second offense) and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine (second offense). The Court imposed a total sentence of not to exceed 17 years. The court also revoked probation sentences in other cases which had previously been imposed. FRY was transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center to begin his sentence. The prosecution of FRY was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, Muscatine Police Department, and Muscatine County Drug Task Force in which FRY was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun and methamphetamine.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Guilty plea to burglary and felon in possession of firearm

Today, August 25, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court DILLAN SCOTT FROEHLICH, age 23, of Marion, Iowa, pleaded guilty to burglary in the third degree and felon in possession of a firearm, each a class "D" felony. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that FROEHLICH broke into an apartment and took property. The stolen property included a pistol. FROEHLICH had been convicted in 2013 of the felony offense of extortion. FROEHLICH will be sentenced November 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guilty pleas in home invasion

Today, August 24, 2016, in Muscatine County District Court the following individuals pleaded guilty in connection with a home invasion on July 5, 2016, in Fruitland:

DEVIN GANZER, age 21, of Walcott, pleaded guilty to robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first degree. His plea agreement calls for a total term of incarceration for a term not to exceed 35 years. He will be required to serve seven years before being eligible for parole. He will be sentenced October 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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LANCE KRYSTOFER MOELLER, age 25, of Wilton, pleaded guilty to the same offenses as GANZER as well as a new charge of tampering with a witness. The tampering with a witness charge related to MOELLER contacting a prosecution witness and using harassment in an attempt to encourage that witness to not cooperate with the case against MOELLER. MOELLER waived his right to a delay and proceeded to immediate sentencing. He was sentenced to a total term of incarceration for a term not to exceed 37 years. He will be required to serve seven years before being eligible for parole.

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"I am very pleased with this outcome," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. "This was a serious crime which had a high risk of physical harm to the victim. To invade a person's home and steal by force is a terrifying and brutal crime. The Muscatine Police Department did an outstanding job investigating this case. Their great work is why we were able to get such a great result in court," Ostergren continued. Ostergren added, "I would particularly like to compliment the work of the lead investigator on this case, Det. Joe Roseman."

The charge against the third charged individual, PAIGE MARIE FRANTZ, remains pending.

Updated 8/25/2016 with cities of residence for Ganzer and Moeller and to correct a spelling error.

Other criminal dispositions today were the following:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Muscatine Police arrest subject in possession of three stolen firearms

July 8, 2016, Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today that the Muscatine Police Department arrested EMMANUEL BIOH WYLIE, age 20, of Muscatine and charged him with theft in the second degree, three counts of trafficking in stolen weapons, and possession of a controlled substance, to wit: marijuana.

Criminal complaints allege that Muscatine police found WYLIE in possession of a rifle and two handguns which had been reported stolen. The firearms had partially-obliterated serial numbers. The criminal complaints further allege that he was in possession of a personal-use quantity of marijuana.

WYLIE posted bond after arrest. His next court date is July 11, 2016, at 8:15 a.m. The charges are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent.

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