Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 25, 2013

Suspended prison for two Clio men

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Two Wayne County men were sentenced to suspended prison for criminal charges filed in December of 2012.

In a followup to a case reported in the Daily Iowegian, Clio residents Richard Raymond Backstrom and Jeffrey Gene Dhabolt Sr. were arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff’s office and collectively charged with 10 criminal counts.

Judge Martha L. Mertz June 5 sentenced Backstrom to five years in state prison, all suspended to three years probation with conditions and fine on the criminal charge of controlled substance violation, a class D felony. Judge Mertz June 4 sentenced Backstrom to five years in state prison, all suspended to three years probation with conditions and fine on the criminal charge of dominion, control of a firearm, offensive weapon by a felon.

Four of the criminal charges against Backstrom were not filed or adjudicated: One count of controlled substance violation, an aggravated misdemeanor; and three counts of dominion, control of a firearm, offensive weapon by a felon.

The criminal count of failure to affix a tax stamp, a D felony, filed against Backstrom was dismissed by the court June 4.

Backstrom owes $2,540.

Dhabolt Sr. was sentenced by Judge Mertz May 30 to five years in state prison, all suspended to three years probation and fine for the criminal charge of controlled substance violation, a class D felony.

The court dismissed on May 30 two class D felony charges filed against Dhabolt: Failure to affix a tax stamp and controlled substance violation.

Dhabolt owes $1,527.50.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s office press release issued Dec. 7, 2012, Backstrom was arrested following a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Highway 2. During the stop, deputies located “a large quantity of marijuana in the vehicle being operated by Backstrom.”

The investigation led to a search warrant of the Backstrom and Dhabolt Sr. residence where “approximately five pounds of cultivated and packaged marijuana, marijuana plant stocks, multiple scales, packaging material, potting soil and fertilizer, numerous firearms and ammunition and multiple items of drug paraphernalia” were located.

The Appanoose County Sheriff’s office did assist in that investigation.