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OTTUMWA — A Wapello County man has received a suspended sentence after his conviction on charges of theft and criminal mischief.

Two other charges faced by Shane Reinier were dismissed. The plea agreement ended charges of burglary and using a juvenile to commit an indictable offense. He received a 10-year suspended prison sentence and a $1,000 fine. Reinier must serve five years’ probation as part of the sentence.

Reinier was charged in November 2018. Police accused him of breaking into a house with a juvenile, stealing jewelry and other items. The charges of theft and use of a juvenile to commit a crime, the most serious filed against Reinier, were both Class C felonies.

In other area cases:

• Robert Houk is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing on Dec. 16. Houk faces charges of dependent adult abuse, theft, financial exploitation and perjury.

• A plea hearing in Jefferson County is scheduled for Nov. 4 for Ethan Spray, who is accused of robbing a Packwood bank. The first-degree robbery charge is a Class B felony and carries the potential for up to 25 years in prison. Spray also faces similar charges in Keokuk County.

• Timothy Howell’s trial on charges of sexual abuse and kidnapping is scheduled for May 5, 2020. Howell is accused by prosecutors of refusing to return a woman home after taking her to shop for groceries.

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Managing Editor

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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