The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 12, 2013

Murder charge reduced

Christopher Michael Brown, of Cincinnati, gets probation after being charged by Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott with one count of attempt to commit murder, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Brown, 40, entered a negotiated voluntary guilty plea to the reduced charge of willful injury causing bodily injury, which is a class D felony. Judge Randy Scott DeGeest on Sept. 4 sentenced Brown to five years in state prison, all suspended, to five years probation with the Department of Correctional Services.

Scott on July 2 filed amended trial information to include the lesser class D felony charge.

The original charge of attempt to commit murder was dismissed by the court on Sept. 4.

The criminal complaint affidavit filed March 26 by the Centerville Police Department states Brown at approximately 11 p.m. at Iowa Steel and Wire in Centerville drew a knife and told Chad Sheets he was going to kill him. Brown cut the left side of Sheets’ neck causing injury before fleeing the premises.

A handwritten letter in the case file dated April 4 states the reason for the knife attach may have been due to Brown’s obsession with Sheets’ wife, Julie.

Brown still owes $1,499 to Appanoose County for the prosecution of this case.

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