Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

July 12, 2013

Probation turns into prison for Appanoose County man

By Michael Schaffer
Managing Editor

---- — A 46-year-old man from Mystic had his probation from 2012 revoked and is now ordered to serve seven years in state prison.

Todd Dale Byers was given five years in prison, suspended to five years probation with the Department of Corrections by Judge Kirk A. Daily on Oct. 26, 2012 on the lesser criminal charge of possession of methamphetamine, third or subsequent offense, a class D felony. The offense date was May 26, 2012.

The original charge was one count of controlled substance violation, a class C felony, which was dismissed by the court on July 2.

On March 26 of this year the DOC filed a report of violation accusing Byers of testing positive for marijuana and meth, missing curfew and failure to complete treatment sessions.

On April 9 of this year the DOC filed a report of violation accusing Byers of carrying a weapon, specifically a high voltage stun gun, flashlight, and his attempt to use it against a Centerville Police officer during his arrest for a probation violation warrant.

On June 4 Judge Randy Scott DeGeest revoked Byers’ probation and imposed the original five year prison sentence from Oct. 26, 2012.

On July 2 Byers was found guilty of the crime of carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor and Judge Daniel P. Wilson on July 2 sentenced him to two years in prison.

The two year and five year sentences were ordered to run consecutively to each other.

All told, Byers owes $8,694.74.