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January 3, 2013

Five defendants sentenced; sixth opts for jury trial

CENTERVILLE — Five defendants from southeast Iowa charged various types of methamphetamine-related charges have all been sentenced. A sixth defendant, from Appanoose County, has a jury trial later this month.

Leanna Rae Ruckman, 47, of Centerville, has a jury trial set for Jan. 29. She is charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a class B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a class C felony. Both charges allegedly occurred March 23, 2012.

The outcomes for the other five defendants:

Terry Lee Firth, 44, of Mystic, was sentenced on Dec. 21, 2012 by Judge Kirk A. Daily to five years in state prison, suspended, five years probation with the Department of Corrections, a fine and credit for time served on the charge of controlled substance violation, a class D felony.

Firth entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the criminal charge.

One count of controlled substance violation, a class B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a class C felony originally filed against Firth had not been adjudicated, according to online court records.

Judge Lucy J. Gamon on Oct. 9 revoked Firth's pretrial release after a violation report was filed. A bench warrant was issued and Firth was arrested by the Centerville Police Department on Oct. 12.

Another defendant allegedly involved, Fawn Renee Hennick, 48, of Melrose, was sentenced Aug. 3 by Judge Daily to five years in state prison, suspended, five years probation with the Department of Corrections, a fine, suspended and credit for time served on the charge of possession of pseudoephredrine, a class D felony.

Hennick entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the criminal charge.

The court on Aug. 21 dismissed one count of controlled substance violation, a class B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a class C felony originally filed against Hennick.

Another defendant allegedly involved, Richard Lee Ruckman, 24, of Mystic, originally charged with one count of controlled substance violation, a class C felony, had that charge dismissed by the court on Oct. 16.

Another defendant allegedly involved, Robert Warren See, Jr., 53, of Mystic, was sentenced July 27 by Judge Daily to five years in state prison, fine, suspended and credit for any time served for the charge of possession of lithium, a class D felony.

See, Jr. entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the criminal charge.

One count of controlled substance violation, a class B felony and two counts of precursor substance violation, a class C felony originally filed against See, Jr. do not show any adjudication information according to Iowa Courts Online.

The fifth and final defendant sentenced in this case, William Henry Vandermark, 35, of Mystic, was sentenced by Judge Daily Dec. 21 to a deferred judgement, $750 fine and five years probation with the DOC for one count of possession of anhydrous ammonia, a class D felony.

One count of controlled substance violation, a class B felony and one count of precursor substance violation, a class C felony originally filed against Vandermark do not show any adjudication information according to Iowa Courts Online.

A press release issued by the Appanoose County Sheriff on March 23, 2012 stated the search for methamphetamine labs in Mystic resulted in two warrants being served. The warrants and investigation turned up items conducive to the manufacturing of meth and four of the six defendants listed in this story were arrested at the time. The other two were arrested at the law center approximately 10 hours later.

What each sentenced defendant owes due to their criminal case:

Firth owes $1,347.50.

Hennick owes $1,742.40.

Richard Lee Ruckman owes $1,993.48.

See, Jr. owes $470.

Vandermark owes $1,055.

 

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