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OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felony charges.

Casey Arter reached a plea agreement on charges of willful injury causing serious injury, assault while committing a felony, going armed with intent, and domestic abuse with a dangerous weapon. The first three charges were Class C felonies.

Iowa law usually prescribes a 10-year maximum sentence for Class C felonies, but in Arter’s case the court agreed with prosecutors’ efforts to add a habitual offender enhancement to the penalties. He received 15-year sentences for each, and a two-year sentence for the domestic abuse charge.

Judge Shawn Showers’ order means the sentences run both concurrently and consecutively. Arter will serve the assault, weapons and domestic abuse sentences at the same time. The sentence for willful injury will run consecutively, though, beginning only after the sentence is completed on the other charges.

Court records show Arter confronted a former girlfriend in an argument that became violent. He stabbed the woman in the face, authorities said.

The Iowa Department of Corrections did not show a location for Arter on Wednesday, but male inmates begin sentences with assessment at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale.

In other area cases:

Dalton Cook’s pretrial conference was continued to July 8. Cook is one of three defendants in the August 2018 shootout with police that left one man dead. The continuance means a delay in the case, since Cook’s trial had been scheduled to begin July 1.

The Iowa Court of Appeals has turned aside Larry Clabaugh’s appeal of a lawsuit against him by the City of Oskaloosa. Records show his petition for a writ of certiorari, or review, was denied.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.

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