Greene County district court, week ending Aug. 15

Three defendants to serve time

In Greene County district court Rodney Dean Halterman, 19, of Jefferson was sentenced Aug. 5 to a term not to exceed 25 years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty in June to a charge of distribution of a controlled substance to a person under age 18. He must serve a minimum of five years, with the prison term concurrent to prison time in two Story County felony cases. However, the prison sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for three years. Halterman must pay a $125 Law Enforcement Initiative (LEI) surcharge and a $10 drug abuse resistance education (DARE) surcharge. The judge ruled Halterman is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees or court costs.

In a separate case, Halterman was sentenced to one year in jail after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of theft- fourth degree. He was fined $315 with a $110.25 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay a $125 LEI surcharge. Charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a public park and failure to affix a tax stamp were dismissed. As in the previous case, the judge ruled Halterman is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees or court costs.

A magistrate case against Halterman on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed. (Sentencing: Honorable Gina C. Badding)

Christopher Brian Quirk, 37, of Jefferson was sentenced Aug. 9 to five years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to one count of forgery. He was fined $750 with a $262.50 surcharge; both were suspended. He must pay a $125 LEI surcharge. Quirk was sentenced to two years in prison on a charge of theft- third degree, amended from burglary- third degree. The prison terms are concurrent. Quirk was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge; both were suspended, but he must pay a $125 LEI surcharge on that count. He was ordered to pay $1,405 victim restitution. The judge ruled Quirk is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees or court costs. Two counts of burglary- third degree were dismissed. (Honorable Joseph B. McCarville)

Ronald Lynn Becker, 48, of Boone was sentenced Aug. 9 to two years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of eluding in a case initiated 4/24. He was also sentenced to two years in prison on a charge of driving while license barred, with the prison terms consecutive. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge on both counts; the fines and surcharge were suspended.

In a separate case initiated against Becker 7/18, he was charged with the same offenses and the dispositions were the same, with the prison terms concurrent to the terms in the April case. The judge ruled Becker is unable to pay restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees or court costs. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Roger Allen Burnie Jr, 33, of Jefferson was sentenced to two years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to one charge of child endangerment. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge; both were suspended. Burnie was also charged with possession of methamphetamine in the same case. He was sentenced to one year in prison on that charge. The prison term was suspended. He must undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment at his own expense. Two counts of child endangerment and a charge of possession of marijuana- second offense were dismissed. Burnie must pay $100 court costs. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Joshua Leo LeClair, 34, of Churdan was sentenced to two years in jail after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of domestic abuse assault- aggravated; all but 28 days of the jail term was suspended. He must pay sheriff’s room and board fees for the time he serves. He must also complete a batterers’ education program at his own expense. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge and a $100 domestic abuse surcharge. Court costs were $171.50. (Sentencing: McCarville)

Persons pleaded not guilty at arraignments as follows: Lee Charles Jenne, 34, of Palatine, IL, forgery; Justin Joe Downs, 33, of Churdan, criminal mischief- fourth degree; Kole Alexander Higgins, 24, of Grand Junction; and James Leon Cunningham, 44, of Jefferson, assault on persons in certain occupation and possession of methamphetamine- second offense. Trial dates were set for Oct. 1 in every case.

Cases were initiated in district court during the week ending Aug. 15 as follows: Brianne Kara Wolf, 28, of Grand Junction, assault while displaying dangerous weapon; Luke Stephen Peter Pettey, 27, of Des Moines, carrying weapons and possession of methamphetamine; Scott Randolph Luke, 31, of Garner, theft- fourth degree; and Samantha Monique Henderson, 26, of Jefferson, driving while license revoked.

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