The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 30, 2014

Plea proceedings set in two cases

OTTUMWA — Two local criminal cases have seen plea proceedings set in recent days.

Kyle Davis had been scheduled for trial on Aug. 5 on charges of theft and burglary. He was charged as a habitual offender in both cases, an enhancement that can lengthen sentences.

But online court records show Davis now has a plea hearing set for May 12. The details of the agreement were not shown.

Daniel Vandello, who faces four counts of burglary, has also received a date for plea proceedings. He is now scheduled to be in court on June 2.

Plea bargains are attractive for several reasons, experts say. They avoid the cost of trial for both the prosecution and the defense, and they typically involve lesser sentences than what a court might hand down after a jury trial.

In Jefferson County, the three people accused of dragging a Fairfield man into an apartment before stabbing and robbing him each face charges of robbery and willful injury. Court records show bond for Dustin Roll, Dawn Dunn and Brett Hedblade was set at $25,000 cash only for each defendant.

In other area court cases:

• Jacob Nordyke has entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty. He faces multiple counts of forgery.

• Ashley Weir, who faces counts of willful injury and domestic abuse assault, has had a judge assigned to oversee the rest of the case. Michael Schilling will handle proceedings at the district court level.

• Trial for Todd Sexton on charges of theft and burglary, both as a habitual offender, is scheduled to begin June 3.

• Antoine Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to burglary and domestic abuse.

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