The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 30, 2013

Ottumwa man sentenced for Selma shooting

SELMA — An Ottumwa man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a 2012 shooting in Selma.

Rusty Salter, 33, 11620 Rabbit Run Road, Lot 153, Ottumwa, pled guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony. He was originally charged with attempted murder, which is a Class B felony, and criminal mischief following an incident in Selma on the afternoon of Oct. 13, 2012. Salter was involved in an altercation that escalated into Salter firing shots into the home of Randall Ritz, 11883 Bridge St., Selma. There were three present in the Randall Ritz’ home: Randall, Richard and Austin Ritz.

Salter was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $1,000. The district court judge ordered Salter’s mandatory minimum in prison be five years with credit for time served. He was also ordered not to have contact with Raymond, Randall and Austin Ritz for five years.

Salter agreed to a plea deal one day into a trial earlier this month.

Charges of assault and willful injury against Richard Ritz were dismissed in June. Charge of willful injury against Austin Lee Ritz was also dismissed in June. Randall Ray Ritz received a deferred judgment for possession of a controlled substance. Donald E. Forntney, 53, Eldon, was charged Oct. 9 with possession of firearm as a felon, stemming from the 2012 incident.


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