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September 20, 2013

Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Centerville man

Friday the 13th turned out to be a Centerville man’s lucky day ... when it came to criminal charges he was facing in Appanoose County.

Jonathan Dryu Duzenberry, 18, had the charge of second degree theft, a class D felony, dismissed by the court on Friday, Sept. 13. The offense date for the charge was Jan. 4, 2013.

The criminal complaint affidavit filed Jan. 7, 2013 by the Centerville Police Department accused Duzenberry of theft of a motor vehicle.

He owes $178 for this case.

In a second felony case, Duzenberry had two counts of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, to wit, Molotov Cocktails, class D felonies, dismissed by the court Friday, Sept. 13. The offense date for these charges was Oct. 1, 2012.

Two counts in this criminal case were not adjudicated — possess incendiary or explosive device with intent to use, to wit, Molotov Cocktails, class C felonies. The offense date for these charges was Oct. 1, 2012.

However, Duzenberry on Friday, Sept. 13 entered a negotiated, voluntary guilty plea and was sentenced for reckless use of fire or explosives, a serious misdemeanor. The original charge was second degree arson, a class C felony, for acts allegedly committed to property owned by Wells Brothers Farm valued at more than $500.

Judge Rose Anne Mefford Friday, Sept. 13 sentenced Duzenberry to 365 days in jail, all suspended to two years probation no supervision to the court.

Duzenberry owes $781.25 for this case.

And in a third criminal case, Duzenberry on Friday, Sept. 13 was found in contempt by Judge Mefford who sentenced him to 180 days in jail, all suspended, for violating terms of his probation. The offense date was Jan. 15, 2013.

The two cases Duzenberry was sentenced on were ordered to run concurrently.

The Department of Corrections probation violation report filed Jan. 15, 2013 states Duzenberry allegedly stole his aunt’s car on Jan. 4, 2013 without permission and was subsequently arrested by the Centerville Police Department and charged with second degree theft of a motor vehicle. The report also states Duzenberry failed to report to the DOC within 10 days of his sentencing to make arrangements for supervision. The report states Duzenberry was reportedly incarcerated in Chambers County, Texas as of Jan. 15, 2013.

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