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April 15, 2014

Prison for Centerville man

John Frank Thomasson, 30, of Centerville, was sentenced March 28 in the Appanoose County Courthouse to a total of six years in state prison.

Thomasson was charged by Appanoose County Attorney Richard F. Scott by trial information on Oct. 29, 2013 with the class C felonies of first degree theft and second degree arson and the serious misdemeanor charge of fourth degree theft. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred on Sept. 16, 2013.

Scott filed amended trial information on Jan. 3, 2014 to include a fourth count of third degree burglary, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint and affidavit filed Sept. 17, 2013 by the Appanoose County sheriff’s office states a call was placed to the Law Center on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 reporting a Chevrolet truck was in the ditch in the 25000 block of 170th Avenue with a male in the area.

A check of the truck’s plates showed it belonged to Richard Gorden, of Centerville, who confirmed it had been stolen while in the 200 block of West State Street in Centerville.

The sheriff’s deputy who investigated the incident reported finding “a shirt had been placed inside the gas filling tube and lit on fire.” The report states he used a fire extinguisher to put it out.

Thomasson was later identified as the male near the truck in the 25000 block of 170th Avenue. He was arrested at 8:26 p.m. while walking on Main Street in Numa and transported to the Appanoose County jail.

Judge Rose Anne Mefford March 28 sentenced the defendant to a two year prison term for the criminal charge of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. Thomasson was originally charged with the C felony charge of first degree theft.

On March 28 Judge Mefford sentenced Thomasson to two years in prison for the criminal charge of third degree burglary of an unoccupied motor vehicle, an aggravated misdemeanor.

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