OTTUMWA — The plea agreement reached by Tiffany McNeal will include 30 years behind bars on charges related to a shootout in August 2018 and a prior case. But McNeal will not immediately go to prison.
McNeal is not charged with firing at officers but with burglary and willful injury in an earlier incident that day. Three men leaving the scene of that incident were spotted and engaged in a shootout with police later in the afternoon.
Court documents show McNeal will plead guilty to three counts: second-degree burglary and two counts of willful injury causing bodily injury. The order for a presentencing investigation and setting McNeal’s sentencing date said all counts will “be served consecutively, for a total 20-year sentence.”
The agreement also includes revocation of a prior deferred judgement. The 10-year sentence in that case will also run consecutively “for a total between these two cases of 30 years, suspended, credit for time served, with probation.”
Suspension of the prison sentences is different from the deferred sentence McNeal previously received. A deferred sentence offers the possibility of the case being removed from the defendant’s record upon successful completion of probation. A suspended sentence does not offer that possibility.
The shootout with police killed one person. The two remaining defendants, Michael Bibby and Dalton Cook, are awaiting trial. Their trials are expected to take six days and are currently scheduled to begin Jan. 14, 2020.
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