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.
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.
"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:
BRANDON BARTENHAGEN, age 18, pleaded guilty to theft in the second degree and eluding. His arrest was the result of an investigation by the Muscatine Police Department which showed that he had taken a motor vehicle from a business and was later involved in a short pursuit with law enforcement. He will be sentenced September 30, 2016, at 9:15 a.m.
LEVI WAGNER, age 28, pleaded guilty to theft in the second degree, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and several traffic violations. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department revealed that WAGNER was knowingly in possession of stolen property and had a variety of illegal drugs in his possession. He will be sentenced September 30, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.