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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Muscatine man found guilty after jury trial

Today (January 18, 2012) in Muscatine County District Court a jury found HARVEY L. THOMAS (DOB: 6-11-1946) formerly of 1816 Logan Street, Apt. F8, Muscatine, guilty of the offense of Assault Causing Bodily Injury. This offense is a serious misdemeanor.

THOMAS was charged by Muscatine Police Department following an incident at THOMAS' residence where he assaulted an adult female on October 27, 2011. The victim suffered bruising and contusions on her head, chest, arms, and back.

"I am pleased with this result," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren who had prosecuted the case. "The defendant beat up the victim for no apparent reason and then tried to claim that she had been the aggressor. The jury obviously did not believe him," he continued.

The Hon. Mark J. Smith presided over the trial. He sentenced the defendant to serve 365 days in jail with 185 days suspended. The defendant will be required to complete two years of probation, pay a fine of $315, and repay the victim's medical bills. In addition the Court ordered the THOMAS to have no contact with the victim. THOMAS had been held in the Muscatine County Jail since his arrest shortly after the incident. He will remain in jail until his sentence has been served.

Ostergren commended Muscatine Police Department Off. Adam Raisbeck and Sgt. David O'Connor for their work on the case. "The police did an excellent job - both in responding to the original call and in conducting a follow up investigation. They gave me the evidence I needed to get this result in court," he said.