A Mystic man received probation in a plea deal on a reduced burglary charge.

Michael Edward Bills, 31, of Mystic, pled guilty in March and was sentenced last Wednesday. He was originally charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, but pled to a lesser charge of attempted third-degree burglary.

He received two years of suspended prison, with two years of probation and a $750 fine with additional surcharges.

The charge stems from a September 2017 burglary in Mystic, when authorities said Bills entered a home without permission. The victim reported a jar of change was taken.

Law enforcement found a total of five fingerprints at the scene that were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime laboratory. According to court filings, all five matched Bills’ prints.

Felony burglary case nets probation

A Centerville man police said stole music equipment after breaking into a Centerville home in November 2017 received probation last week.

Robert Lee Sams, 46, of Centerville, was sentenced to two years of probation with two years of suspended prison last week. He pled guilty in June to third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. Sams was also originally charged with third-degree burglary, but that charge was dismissed.

A witness, according to police, placed Sams’ vehicle at the victim’s residence and three other said they saw Sams with the music equipment. Reported taken were an Ibanez guitar, amplifier and tuner valued at approximately $900.



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.

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