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Prison term handed down for arson, assault with a dangerous weapon

Tama County District Court

May 1, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Before Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. in Tama County District Court in Toledo:

Luciano Garcia-Corona, 36, rural Tama, pled guilty to a total of seven charges. He received a two-year prison sentence to be served concurrently on each count and was assessed suspended $625 fines on each charge. He was also directed to pay the Tama County Sheriff's jail fees totaling $6,450 for 129 days spent in jail.

He pled guilty to 3rd degree arson, 2nd offense domestic abuse assault, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, child endangerment and identity theft.

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Luciano Garcia-Corona

In court information, Garcia-Corona is accused of turning on a gas stove burner and turning on a second adjacent burner which "clicked but did not ignite, causing gas to be released" then fleeing the residence at rural Tama.

He is accused in the Dec. 6 altercation which occurred just before midnight in which he allegedly fought with two sons who were defending their mother and caused 13-year-old female to run to a bathroom, lock the door and call police. During the confrontations he displayed a knife according to court records.

In addition, Garcia-Corona was charged with identity theft for allegedly possessing an identification of a person who may or may not exist including a social security card, Texas identification and a slip of paper with the name and Social Security number on it. He allegedly provided false identify initially to law enforcement at the Meskwaki Casino - Hotel.

The charges were filed by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Jacob Molitor.

Marshall Gene Demarce, 21, rural Tama, waived a jury trial and was found guilty following presentation of state's evidence of possession of marijuana by Judge Jackson.

Demarce was granted a deferred judgment, placed on unsupervised probation and directed to pay a $300 fee to the Department of Correctional Service. $100 court-appointed attorney fees and court costs.

He was originally charged on June 21, 2013, in Garwin by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker.

Fernando Vargas Ceja, 33, rural Chelsea, pled guilty to domestic abuse assault and was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days already served. He was fined $315 and directed to pay $100 for Tama County jail fee and $30 for court-appointed attorney fees.

Ceja was charged on June 3, 2013, in the 2900 block of 340th Street, rural Chelsea, by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Trevor J. Killian.

Keith Ederick Mitchell, 57, rural Tama, pled guilty to 2nd offense drunken driving. He received a two-year, suspended prison sentence and was directed to reside in a community residential facility for up to one year, was fined $1,875 and directed to complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow recommendations. He was placed on probation fro two years.

Mitchell was charged on June 8, 2013, at C. Street and Business Highway 30 by Toledo Police Officer Dan Quigley.

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