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February 20, 2014

Suspended prison to probation

It was a busy day for an Appanoose County man Jan. 31 as he had four felony cases and one serious misdemeanor criminal case adjudicated in the Appanoose County Courthouse. The charges in two felony cases and the serious misdemeanor case were dismissed.

Judge Rose Anne Mefford on Jan. 31 sentenced Robert Wayne Brewer, 36, of Centerville to five years in state prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and a fine on the reduced charge of third degree burglary, a class D felony. Brewer was originally charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony and fourth degree theft, a serious misdemeanor.

The fourth degree theft and two simple misdemeanors were dismissed by the court on Jan. 31.

Brewer entered a negotiated, voluntary guilty plea in that case.

The offense date for both charges was Jan. 14, 2013.

The criminal complaint and affidavit filed Feb. 11, 2013 by the Centerville police department accuses Brewer of stealing frozen meat valued at $400 from One of a Kind Bed and Breakfast in Centerville on Jan. 14, 2013 at approximately 9:31 p.m. The complaint states the owner, who lives in the building, heard noises in the basement and called police.

Brewer was ordered to pay $1,578.50. He still owes the entire amount.

Brewer was released from the Appanoose County Jail pending trial on Aug. 30, 2013 and was ordered to report to the Department of Correctional Services by Sept. 4, 2013.

While out on pre-trial release, Brewer was found to have violated the terms of that release and a bench warrant was issued Jan. 17, 2014. The warrant against Brewer was served by the Appanoose County sheriff’s department on Jan. 22.

The pretrial release report of violation filed on Jan. 17 accused Brewer of being arrested by the Centerville police department at the probation office on an active warrant for third degree burglary, a class D felony.

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