The Ottumwa Courier

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May 7, 2013

Convicted kidnapper moved to Clarinda

OTTUMWA — Brendan Stanley, the man convicted in 2005 of kidnapping an Ottumwa girl, has been moved to the Clarinda Correctional Facility.

Stanley, a former teacher's aide, was convicted of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl he knew from his job. The pair were found later the same day in rural Van Buren County after a tip led officers to his car. The kidnapping led to Ottumwa's first Amber Alert activation.

Stanley's trial was delayed after he was found incompetent to stand trial. He was held at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center with the goal of restoring his ability to understand the charges and assist in his defense.

Stanley was eventually found competent, but he didn't stand trial. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping, a Class B felony, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Stanley was moved Tuesday from the Iowa State Penitentiary to the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Clarinda is a smaller facility. It is medium-security prison, a change from the maximum-security Iowa State Penitentiary. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, Clarinda is designed “to serve primarily offenders who are chemically dependent, mentally retarded, mental illness or special needs” and is located on the grounds of the state's Mental Health Institute.

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