Greene County district court, week ending April 19

In Greene County district court Melissa Marie Kroupa, 38, of Grimes was sentenced to five years in prison April 13 after she changed her plea to guilty to a charge of burglary-third degree (motor vehicle). The prison term was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years. She must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at her own expense. Kroupa was fined $750 with a $262.50 surcharge; both were suspended. The judge ruled she is unable to pay for her court appointed attorney. She must pay a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative surcharge and $734.06 court costs. A charge of burglary- second degree was dismissed. (Sentencing: Honorable Joseph B. McCarville)

Jesus Moises Zuniga Jr, 19, of Jefferson was sentenced to five years in prison April 13 after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. He is to reside at a residential correctional facility until maximum benefits are attained. He must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at his own expense. His driver’s license was revoked for 180 days. Zuniga was fined $750 with a $262.50 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay a $125 LEI surcharge and a $10 surcharge for drug abuse resistance education (DARE). Court costs were $100.

In another case against Zuniga in which the disposition was entered 7/28/17 on charges of carrying weapons and burglary- third degree (motor vehicle), he was charged with probation violation. His probation was modified so he shall reside at a residential correctional facility until maximum benefits are attained. He is to remain under supervision and report to the facility as his probation officer directs. The sentences in the two cases are to be concurrent.

A companion case to the controlled substance violation in which Zuniga was charged with criminal mischief- fifth degree was dismissed. He must pay victim restitution in that case. (Sentencing: McCarville)

James Lee Hoyle, 19, of Beaver was sentenced April 14 to 365 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault- serious amended from assault causing serious injury (felony). The jail term was suspended and he was placed on unsupervised probation for one year. Hoyle was fined $315 with a $110.25 surcharge and a $125 LEI surcharge. The judge ruled he is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees. Court costs were $284.72. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Brett Dwaine West, 41, of Jamaica was sentenced to five years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of theft- second degree. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. The probation is concurrent to probation in another Greene County case and to a Guthrie County case. He must complete the program at a residential correctional facility. West was fined $750 with a $262.50 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay $500 restitution, and a $125 LEI surcharge. A charge of burglary- third degree (motor vehicle) was dismissed.

In the other Greene County case, West was sentenced to five years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to possession of methamphetamine- third or subsequent offense. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years, with the same stipulations as in the above case. His driver’s license was revoked for 180 days. He was fined $750 with a $262.50 surcharge; both were suspended. A judgment was entered for a $10 DARE surcharge and a $125 LEI surcharge. A charge of possession of marijuana- third or subsequent offense was dismissed. Court costs were $225.70 for both cases. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Sean Robert McKeage, 39, of Jefferson was granted a deferred judgment April 14 after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana- first offense. He was placed on informal probation for one year. He must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at his own expense. A judgment was entered for a $315 civil penalty and a $125 LEI surcharge. The judge ruled he is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees. Court costs were $330.09. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Derek Eugene Ott, 36, of Jefferson was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary- third degree. The sentence is concurrent to the sentences in other cases. Ott was fined $750 with a $262.5 surcharge; both were suspended. The judge ruled he is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees. He must pay a $125 LEI surcharge and $570.83 court costs. Charges of ongoing criminal conduct and theft- second degree were dismissed. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Zachery Allen Waters, 21, of Grand Junction was sentenced to six months in jail after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana. The jail term is concurrent to the terms in all pending sentences. His driver’s license was revoked for 180days. Waters was fined $315 with a $110.25 surcharge, a $125 LEI surcharge and a $10 DARE surcharge. The judge ruled that because he will be incarcerated he is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees. Court costs were $258.90. A charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent was dismissed. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Rodney James Blackmon, 22, of Grand Junction was sentenced to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana- first offense, amended from possession of marijuana- first offense. All but two days of the jail time was suspended and he was placed on informal probation for one year. He must pay sheriff’s room and board fees for the time he serves. He must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at his own expense. His driver’s license was revoked for 180 days. Blackmon was fined $315 with a $110.25 surcharge, a $125 LEI surcharge and a $10 DARE surcharge. Court costs were $100. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Jackie D. Cram, 23, of Jefferson was sentenced to two years in jail after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of driving while license barred. The jail time was suspended and he was placed on informal probation for two years. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay $500 restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees and $100 court costs. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Renae Jane Baugh, 36, of Jefferson was granted a deferred judgment after she changed her plea to guilty to a charge of operating while intoxicated- first offense. She was placed on informal probation for one year. She must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at her own expense, and she must complete a community college drinking driver’s school. A judgment was entered against Baugh for a $1,250 civil penalty. The judge ruled she is unable to pay restitution for her court appointed attorney’s fees. Court costs were $100. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Brandon Michael Sullivan, 68, of Ottumwa was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty at arraignment to a charge of driving while license barred. The jail time was suspended and he was placed on unsupervised probation for one year. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay $100 court costs. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Persons pleaded not guilty at arraignments as follows; Beth Anne Laurent, 47, of Jefferson, domestic abuse assault causing injury or mental illness; Chad Lee Ferguson, 45, of Jefferson, domestic abuse assault- second offense; Amber Marie Benavides, 25, of Grand Junction, assault causing bodily injury or mental illness, and in a separate case, OWI- first offense; John Taylor Roberts, 19, of Scranton, possession of marijuana- first offense; Travis Michael Straight, 24, of Scranton, driving while license revoked, and in a separate case, manufacture, deliver or possession marijuana with intent to deliver, and failure to affix a tax stamp; Douglas James Bumgardner, 17, of Jefferson, possession of marijuana- first offense; and Nicholas Carter Rice, 20, of Rippey, OWI- first offense. Trial dates were set for June 5 in every case.

Cases were initiated in district court as follows: Chad Alvin Prichard, 36, of Arcadia, possession of methamphetamine- first offense; Gar Lee Warnke, 62, of Scranton, sex abuse- second degree and lascivious acts with a child- fondle or touch; Justin Ray Lopez, 20, of Jefferson, possession of marijuana- second offense; Shane Detlef Coil, 28, of Jefferson, driving while license barred; and Frank L. Farel, 37, of Grand Junction, OWI- second offense and possession of marijuana- second offense.

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