The Ottumwa Courier

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August 1, 2013

Ottumwan withdraws guilty plea

SELMA — An Ottumwa man has withdrawn his guilty plea in a shooting last fall.

In October, Rusty Salter, 33, of Ottumwa, allegedly took a rifle from his vehicle following an argument and fired multiple rounds into the home of Randall Ray Ritz in the 11000 block of Bridge Street in Selma.

He was charged with attempted murder, second-degree criminal mischief, use or display of a weapon, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

In June, Salter pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and sentencing was expected to take place on Wednesday.

But during the hearing, both Salter's attorney, Robert Breckenridge, and the state, represented by Assistant Van Buren County Attorney Ed Harvey, agreed that there was "a mutual mistake in the plea proceedings over the forcible felony nature of the crime."

They asked that Salter's guilty plea be withdrawn, which was granted by Judge Annette Scieszinski.

His trial was rescheduled for Oct. 8. A pretrial conference is set for Sept. 25.

Salter's motion for bond review and request to participate in the Van Buren County Trustee Program were both denied.

He remains incarcerated on $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

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