The Ottumwa Courier

December 6, 2012

Jamison pleads guilty to lesser charge in theft of TNA belts


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — The second man charged in the theft of TNA Impact Wrestling belts last August has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

The Heavyweight World Championship Belt, valued at $6,000, as well as a replica, valued at $400, were stolen during a TNA Impact Wrestling event on Aug. 18 at Bridge View Center.

Police originally arrested Joel Ryan Luke, 33, and charged him with second-degree theft, a Class D felony. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, fifth-degree theft, on Oct. 25 and was sentenced to two years probation.

Forrest Courtney Jamison, 39, was originally charged with “accessory to a felony” in connection with the theft of the belts, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Jamison pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 and his charge was negotiated down to “accessory to a misdemeanor” on Monday. Jamison will have to pay fines and fees and may be asked to perform community service.