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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sexual abuse of children results in prison sentences for two defendants

Today, June 23, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court:

MARTIN EDUARDO GUERRERO, 43, of Muscatine, was sentenced after being found guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree at a bench trial. The court imposed a prison sentence of a term not to exceed 10 years followed by supervised release as if on parole for the remainder of the defendant's life. The defendant will also have to register as a sex offender.

Trial testimony showed that the defendant performed a sex act against a twelve-year-old child. The case was investigated by the Muscatine Police Department.

GUERRERO is subject to a detainer from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He will likely be removed from the United States following completion of his prison sentence.

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DENIS EDILBERTO LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ, 33, of Iowa City, was sentenced after pleading guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree. The court imposed a prison sentence of a term not to exceed 10 years followed by supervised release as if on parole for the remainder of the defendant's life. The defendant will also have to register as a sex offender. Investigation by the West Liberty Police Department and Iowa City Police Department showed that LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ performed a sex act with a fifteen-year-old child.

LOPEZ-HERNANDEZ is subject to a detainer from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He will likely be removed from the United States following completion of his prison sentence.

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Also in district court today:

BRADLEY VERNON HONTS, 34, of Muscatine, pleaded guilty to election misconduct in the first degree, a class "D" punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff showed that HONTS, a previously convicted felon, voted in the 2016 general election despite being ineligible to do so. The court scheduled sentencing for August 11, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Prison sentence for domestic abuse strangulation

Today, June 9, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court, JONATHAN BEJARANO-MORENO, 27, of West Liberty, was sentenced after pleading guilty to domestic abuse assault by strangulation, resulting in bodily injury. The defendant also pleaded guilty to harassment in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance, to wit: cocaine. The Court imposed concurrent prison sentences of not to exceed five years, two years, and one year respectively.

Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that BEJARANO-MORENO assaulted his victim in the early morning hours of December 10, 2016. The assault included putting pressure on the victim's neck causing the victim to have difficulty breathing and become dizzy. BEJARANO-MORENO also threatened to kill the victim. In a separate incident, BEJARANO-MORENO was found to be in possession of a personal-use quantity of cocaine.

BEJARANO-MORENO was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing hearing.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Muscatine man convicted of criminal mischief after jury trial

Today, June 6, 2017, a Muscatine County jury found MARCO IMANUEL MARTINEZ, 18, of Muscatine, guilty of criminal mischief in the second degree. The jury trial began yesterday, June 5, 2017. The charge is a class "D" felony punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years.

Evidence at trial showed that MARTINEZ fired a .22 caliber handgun at a residence located in rural Muscatine County in the early morning hours of February 13, 2017. The residence was struck several times by the bullets with one bullet narrowly missing one of the homeowners.

"I would like to compliment the efforts of law enforcement in investigating this case," said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. "Both the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office and the Muscatine Police Department worked together closely to make arrests and protect the community," he added. County Attorney Ostergren prosecuted the case at the jury trial.

MARTINEZ remains in the Muscatine County Jail while awaiting sentencing on July 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Man pleads guilty in stabbing incident

Today, May 25, 2017, PATRICK ROBERT JOHNSON, 41, of Muscatine pleaded guilty to willful injury as a habitual offender. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that on March 8, 2017, JOHNSON stabbed another individual in the upper torso. The victim suffered a chest wound and received emergency treatment for the injury.

JOHNSON faces a possible prison sentence of not to exceed 15 years when he is sentenced on July 7, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Guilty plea to sexual abuse and theft

Today, May 23, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court, ANTHONY AVALON DRAYTON, 25, of Washington, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree and theft in the second degree.

The prosecution of DRAYTON was the result of two unrelated investigations by the Muscatine Police Department. In one investigation, officers determined that DRAYTON had sexual intercourse with an underage individual. In the other investigation officers determined that DRAYTON had taken possession of property which he knew to be stolen. The property was valued in excess of $1,000.

DRAYTON will be sentenced July 7, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. He remains in custody in the Muscatine County Jail.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Guilty plea to theft and willful injury

Today, May 16, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court, SONNY RAY BOYCE, 22, of Carrollton, Georgia, pleaded guilty to theft in the first degree and willful injury. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department revealed that BOYCE had taken a wallet containing U.S. Currency from the victim while at the Muscatine Wal-Mart on March 2, 2017. In the course of the struggle over the wallet BOYCE injured the victim with a knife.

BOYCE remains in the Muscatine County Jail pending a sentencing hearing on June 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Prison sentence for domestic abuse

On Friday, May 12, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court:

BRANDON WILKERSON, 18, of LeClaire, Iowa, was sentenced after pleading guilty to domestic abuse assault and theft in the third degree. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that he had strangled his pregnant girlfriend and that in an unrelated matter had taken a motorcycle from a nearby residence.

The Court imposed concurrent prison sentences of not to exceed five years for domestic abuse assault and two years for theft. The Court also entered a no-contact order protecting the victim.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Muscatine man found guilty of sexual abuse of child

Today, April 25, 2017, Muscatine County District Court Judge Mary Howes found MARTIN GUERRERO guilty of sexual abuse in the third degree after a bench trial.

The evidence established that GUERRERO, 43, of Muscatine, touched the genitals of a 12-year-old child. The case was investigated by the Muscatine Police Department. The case was prosecuted by County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren.

GUERRERO was taken into custody after the verdict. He is being held in the Muscatine County Jail without bond until his sentencing date of June 9, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

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In other matters:

GARY WAYNE RANKIN, 65, of Davenport, Iowa pleaded guilty to three counts of felon in possession of a firearm. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office determined that RANKIN had two shotguns and a rifle at his former residence in Atalissa. RANKIN's criminal history includes felony convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense and burglary. RANKIN will be sentenced June 9, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Prison sentence for drug trafficking

Today, April 7, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court:

PATRICK WILLIAM BURNS, 42, of Grandview, was sentenced for the offense of delivery of a controlled substance as a habitual offender. Investigation by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office showed that BURNS had delivered approximately three grams of methamphetamine to another individual. The Court imposed a prison sentence for a term not to exceed 15 years with a three-year mandatory minimum sentence.

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In other cases:

ROBERT LOUIS WOLFE, 34, of Muscatine, was sentenced for two counts of burglary in the third degree. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that he had broken into two separate storage sheds with the intent to commit a theft. The Court imposed consecutive prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed 10 years.

WOLFE's mugshot:


BRYCE FRANCIS, 19, of Muscatine, was found to have violated the terms of his probation for the offenses of possession of a firearm as a person adjudicated delinquent for a felony and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. FRANCIS had absconded from probation supervision for approximately five months. The Court imposed the previously suspended sentence of imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 years.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Guilty plea in drive-by shooting; update on other cases

Today, April 4, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court, BENITO MARTINEZ, 21, of Milwaukee, WI, pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon, going armed with intent, and criminal mischief in the third degree in connection with a shooting on October 30, 2016. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department showed that MARTINEZ fired a pistol at an occupied residence on King Avenue. MARTINEZ's gunfire also struck a second house nearby.

The first two offenses are class "D" felonies punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed five years. Criminal mischief is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a term not to exceed two years.

MARTINEZ will be sentenced May 19, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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In addition, Muscatine County Attorney provided the following update on several pending cases involving serious crimes of violence:

PATRICK ROBERT JOHNSON, 41, of Muscatine charged with attempt to commit murder and willful injury, both as a habitual offender. JOHNSON remains held in the Muscatine County Jail on $500,000 bond. Next court date is a pretrial conference set for April 21, 2017.

NOAH WYATT HASS, 16, of Fairfield, IA charged with attempt to commit murder, robbery in the first degree, felon in possession of a firearm, and assault while participating in a felony. HASS remains held in the Muscatine County Jail on a $500,000  bond. Next court date is a pretrial conference set for April 21, 2017.

SONNY BOYCE, 22, of Carrollton, GA charged with robbery in the first degree and theft in the fourth degree. BOYCE remains held in the Muscatine County Jail on a $300,000 bond. Next court date is a pretrial conference set for April 14, 2017.

JUSTIN LEE DEWITT, 37, of North Liberty, IA charged with three counts of attempt to commit murder. DEWITT remains in the Muscatine County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Next court date is a status conference set for April 14, 2017.

JUAN GOMEZ, JR., 39, of Muscatine, charged with attempt to commit murder, going armed with intent, felon in possession of a firearm, assault while participating in a felony, and assault with a dangerous weapon; all as a habitual offender. GOMEZ remains in the Muscatine County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Next court date is a final pretrial conference set for May 19, 2017.

This post was updated 4/5/2017 to correct King Street to King Avenue as well as to add the information about the Gomez case.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Prison sentence for drug trafficking and theft for Muscatine County man

Today, January 27, 2017, in Muscatine County District Court:

TERRY LEE RAYMOND, 52, of rural Muscatine County was sentenced for the offenses of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, drug tax stamp violation, and two counts of theft in the second degree. Each offense is a class "D" felony. The court imposed consecutive prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed 20 years.

Investigation by the Muscatine County Drug Task Force revealed that RAYMOND was in possession of approximately 12 ounces of marijuana and numerous items of stolen property at his residence in rural Muscatine County. RAYMOND had prior felony convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

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In other matters:

STEPHEN STERNER, 27, of Muscatine, was sentenced for possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of a controlled substance, third offense. The court imposed concurrent prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed five years. Investigation by the Muscatine Police Department revealed that STERNER had been in possession of a pistol, marijuana, and cocaine. STERNER had previously been convicted of a felony offense.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Guilty plea to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today that JOHN PAUL HUME, 38, of West Liberty pleaded guilty to the offense of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, causing bodily injury. The offense is a class "D" forcible felony. HUME also admitted violating the terms of probation in two separate cases. HUME was on probation for the offenses of burglary in the third degree and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense.

The arrest of HUME was the result of an investigation by the West Liberty Police Department. He will be sentenced March 10, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Guilty verdict for sex offender registration violation

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren announced today that a Muscatine County jury found JUAN GOMEZ, JR. guilty of a violation of Iowa sex offender registry requirements. The jury determined that GOMEZ had failed to update his registration information concerning his residence. The trial began Monday, January 23, 2017. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours.

"I would like to thank the jury for their service and this verdict," said Ostergren. "I would also like to compliment the work of the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office and Det. Kenny Hora in particular for this investigation. The defendant has a lengthy history of criminal convictions for felony offenses, many for crimes of violence. I am pleased that we have been able to hold him accountable for his registry violation," Ostergren added.

GOMEZ will be sentenced March 24, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of incarceration for a term not to exceed two years and a fine of $6,250.

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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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