Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 20, 2014

Suspended prison to probation

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — 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.

The second felony case adjudicated against Brewer has two co-defendants.

The Centerville police department filed a criminal compliant and affidavit on July 1, 2013 accusing Brewer, Autumn Lacene Hall and Rhonda Lacene Foster with a burglary at Moorman Laundry that occurred on June 25, 2013. The officer’s report states he had previously taken a report of a burglary at Moorman Laundry on Dec. 18, 2012 where four dryer coin boxes and dryer fronts were damaged causing at least $1,000 in estimated damage and $250 in quarters were stolen.

“I suspected that the defendant and co-defendant’s were responsible for the December burglary also,” reads the report.

Brewer during questioning admitted to the December burglary and how Hall and Foster acted as a “look out.”

Brewer was sentenced in this second felony case by Judge Mefford on Jan. 31 to five years in prison, suspended to five years probation with the Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and a fine for the charge of criminal mischief, second degree, a class D felony and one year in jail, suspended and a fine on the charge of fourth degree theft, a serious misdemeanor, with the two sentences ordered to run concurrently with each other and consecutively to the first case adjudicated.

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

Brewer was ordered to pay $1,735.25 and he still owes the same amount.

Brewer’s co-defendants, Hall, 23 and Foster, 43, both of Centerville, are each charged with second degree criminal mischief and fourth degree theft. They have a plea proceeding set for Feb. 28.

The court on Jan. 31 dismissed multiple criminal charges from two felony and one serious misdemeanor case arraigned against Brewer.

Dismissed was one count of possession of burglary tools, an aggravated misdemeanor and one count of fourth degree criminal mischief, both with an offense date of June 25, 2013; one count of third degree burglary, a class D felony, with an offense date of Nov. 11, 2013; and one count of fourth degree theft, serious misdemeanor, with an offense date of June 8, 2013.

Representing Appanoose County in these proceedings was acting attorney Steve Goodlow.