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OTTUMWA — A Wapello County man received a 25-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Diego Gutierrez, 23, was charged last fall after a traffic stop near Eddyville. Police found about two pounds of meth, along with cash and scales. A charge of failure to affix a drug tax stamp was dismissed.

The plea agreement in the case also resolves a later case in which Gutierrez was charged with having intoxicants inside a correctional facility. That charge was also dismissed.

The 25-year sentence was the maximum possible for the possession charge, which was a Class B felony under Iowa law.

In other area cases:

• Michael Bibby, one of the men charged in connection with a shootout in August 2018, has asked for a continuance. The filing said “additional discovery is necessary,” and that the county attorney’s office did not object.

There had been no parallel filing for a continuance midday Wednesday by attorneys for Dalton Cook, Bibby’s co-defendant in the case, though Bibby’s filing suggested one was being prepared.

• Sentencing for Joshua Jennings on a charge of possession of less than five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute has been continued to February. The court was told Jennings had missed two presentencing investigation interviews.

• Robert Houk’s sentencing on charges of theft and dependent adult abuse was set for Feb. 10. Houk reached a plea agreement earlier this year that includes dismissal of two charges: ongoing criminal conduct and perjury.

• Avery Schippers has reached a plea agreement on charges of money laundering. A hearing for his plea and sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 17.

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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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