Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 13, 2012

10 year prison sentence for Appanoose County man

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — The third defendant charged by trial information with making methamphetamine living within 1,000 feet of Central Elementary at 411 E. Prairie St. in Centerville has been sentenced.

Cody Wayne Cole, on Oct. 11, 2011, entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to a lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture less than five grams of methamphetamine, a class C felony. On Dec. 27, 2011 Judge Daniel P. Wilson sentenced Cody Wayne Cole, 22, to credit for any time served, a $1,000 fine, suspended and 10 years in state prison.

Online court records show Cody Wayne Cole owes $392.96 for this criminal case.

Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott's original trial information filed on Feb. 15, 2011, charged Thomas Elden Cole Jr., Cody Wayne Cole and Dorothy Izetta Cole, all of 411 E. Prairie St., Centerville, with one count of conspiracy to manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than five grams, a class B felony.

"The Defendants, on or about the 4th day of January, 2011, in Appanoose County did unlawfully and knowingly act with, enter into a common scheme of design with, or conspire with one or more persons to manufacture a controlled substance (Methamphetamine)," reads Scott's trial information.

All three defendants would enter a guilty plea and be sentenced to a lesser charge.

The first of the three defendants to enter a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to a lesser charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a class C felony, was Dorothy Izetta Cole, 44, on June 7, 2011. On Aug. 9 Judge James Q. Blomgren sentenced her to 10 years in state prison, suspended, five years probation with the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, credit for any time served, 365 days at the Ottumwa Residential Facility and a $1,000 fine.

On Oct. 1, 2011 Dorothy Cole allegedly violated her probation. She entered a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to the charge and on Nov. 15 Judge Annette J. Scieszenski sentenced her to credit for any time served, revoked her probation and imposed the original 10 years in state prison.

Online court records show Dorothy Cole owes $15,594.58 for this criminal case.

The second of the three defendants to enter a voluntary, negotiated guilty plea to a lesser charge of possession of a precursor, pseudoephedrine, a class D felony, was Thomas Elden Cole Jr., 25, on Aug. 30, 2011. On Oct. 11, 2011 Judge Lucy J. Gamon sentenced Cole Jr. to credit for any time served, five years in state prison, suspended, five years probation with the 8th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and a $750 fine.

The court dismissed the original criminal charge on Oct. 11.

Online court records show Thomas Cole Jr. owes $2,611.83 for this criminal case.

The criminal complaint and affidavit filed Jan. 7, 2011 by Centerville Police Officer Jeremy Cole states "an ongoing investigation into the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine by Thomas Elden Cole Jr., Dorothy Izetta Cole, Randy Wayne Cole and Cody Wayne Cole was conducted." The investigation focused on the residence at 411 E. Prairie St., Centerville, located within 1,000 feet of Central Elementary School. The investigation revealed Cole Jr., Cody Cole and Randy Cole were "on the National Precursor Log Exchange for several purchases of pseudoephedrine." Cole Jr. "was identified on a security cameras at the Kum & Go Store on N. 18th Street in Centerville, purchasing two (2) cans of starting fluid."

Law enforcement officers executed a search on Jan. 4, 2011 at 6:44 a.m. at 411 E. Prairie St. and discovered "lithium battery casings, punched starting fluid cans, clear plastic tubing, fertilizer spikes, drain opener, a sludge substance, suspected methamphetamine, and other items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine."