MCKENZIE POWELL, DOB: 10/1/1993, of Davenport, pleaded guilty to two counts of Perjury. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that POWELL had made two false statements in a deposition taken of her after she had been identified as a witness in the prosecution of PHILIP AHRENS for a felony assault. POWELL falsely denied an earlier statement made under oath which identified AHRENS as the perpetrator of the assault. She also falsely denied having had any telephonic contact with AHRENS while he was in jail awaiting trial on his charge. AHRENS has already pleaded guilty in his case and has been sentenced to prison.
"This case shows that lying by witnesses cannot be tolerated," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren. "I am pleased with this guilty plea because it shows that McKenzie Powell has been held accountable for attempting to deceive the court system," he continued. POWELL will be sentenced May 23, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
JUAN MARCOS LIENDO, DOB: 4/30/1995, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, Child Endangerment, Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Injury, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that LIENDO entered a residence where the mother of his minor child and that child were present. LIENDO assaulted the mother and fled the scene. He was later arrested by police and found to be in possession of marijuana. He will be sentenced May 30, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
THOMAS DEAN BYRD, DOB: 7/21/1979, of Muscatine, was sentenced after pleading guilty to Failure to Appear. BYRD had failed to appear in court after having been released for a previous felony prosecution. The Court imposed a suspended sentence of incarceration and placed BYRD on probation along with the disposition of his prior felony case. Should BYRD later violate the terms of his probation he will be required to serve the sentences consecutively.