Story County Defendant Gets Misdemeanor Probation in Felony Theft, Criminal Mischief, Burglary, and Trespass Case


Story County, Iowa -- A defendant was charged with Theft in the Second Degree (Class D felony), Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (Class D felony), Third Degree Burglary, and serious misdemeanor Trespass after a local property owner caught photos of someone they claimed to recognize as the defendant stealing diesel on his property. The maximum penalties for conviction of those offenses would have totaled over a decade in prison and over $15,000 in fines.

After a contested Motion in Limine seeking to exclude improper character evidence from the State, the defendant accepted a plea deal on the morning of trial. He entered an Alford plea to the offense of Trespass and was given a suspended sentence, one year of probation, and a $315 fine.

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