The Ottumwa Courier

April 26, 2013

Bloomfield man pleads guilty in Thanksgiving car chase

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — A Bloomfield man received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty in a three-county car chase last fall.

Nicholas Cody Cone, 21, of Bloomfield, led sheriff deputies on a three-county chase on Nov. 21 after stealing three cars.

Deputies eventually caught up with Cone on foot near the Cargill Eddyville complex and charged him with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, and second-degree theft, a Class D felony.

He first stole a vehicle in Davis County, drove it to Monroe County, wrecked it, stole another vehicle in Monroe County, wrecked it in Wapello County, stole yet another vehicle in Wapello County and abandoned it near Eddyville.

In court in Wapello County, Cone pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of third-degree burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor, and received a suspended prison sentence of two years to be completed following two years probation. The second charge of second-degree theft was dismissed.

He also pleaded guilty to driving while barred and eluding. After five years probation on both charges, he was sentenced to two years in prison on the driving charge, to be served concurrently with his two-year prison sentence from the burglary charge. He also received a five-year suspended prison sentence on the eluding charge.

Cone was also charged in Monroe County with driving while barred and fourth-degree criminal mischief from the incident. These charges will be resolved with his Wapello County charges at a status hearing on May 17.

In Davis County, he was charged with second-degree theft and driving while barred. A pretrial conference for these charges is set for May 1.