Today, April 1, 2014, in Muscatine County District Court:
ASHTON DIX, DOB: 6/25/1992, and SCOTT FRY, DOB: 9/21/1990, both of Janesville, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to Robbery in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. The men had been arrested on January 7, 2014, after they were apprehended following a pursuit.
Investigation showed that the men entered the GM Food Mart in Muscatine, Iowa where they produced pellet guns and demanded money from the clerk. The men then fled northbound on U.S. Highway 61. A Muscatine County Sheriff's Deputy caught up with the men and initiated a pursuit which ended when the men crashed their vehicle near the intersection of Hwy. 61 and 110th Street in rural Scott County. It was later determined that the motor vehicle that DIX and FRY were operating had been reported stolen from Moline, Illinois.
Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that DIX and FRY were still in possession of the proceeds of the robbery and the pellet guns which they had used.
Robbery in the Second Degree is a class "C" felony and Theft in the Second Degree is a class "D" felony. The two men each face a mandatory minimum of seven years imprisonment before they would be eligible for parole. Bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for May 9, 2014. They remain in the Muscatine County Jail.
Also in Court today:
PANTALEON ACOSTA, DOB: 7/27/1970, of Davenport, pleaded guilty to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Third or Subsequent Offense. Investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and the Durant Police Department showed that ACOSTA was operating a vehicle on County Road F58 near Stockton. A caller to dispatch had reported ACOSTA as driving erratically. Subsequent testing showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.262%. ACOSTA had six prior convictions for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. Because of his status as a habitual offender he faces a maximum term of not to exceed fifteen years and a three year mandatory minimum when he is sentenced.