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After plea deal Tama woman appeals 10-years in prison

Tama County District Court

July 9, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A notice of appeal of a 10-year prison sentence handed down to Noelle Courtney Youngbear, 36, Tama, on Friday, June 27, was filed on Monday, June 30.

Youngbear was released from custody at the Tama County Jail in Toledo on a $25,000 appeal bond posted on Tuesday, July 1 a jail spokesperson said.

In a plea agreement entered into on May 9, Youngbear pled guilty to 2nd degree burglary and entered Alford pleas to two counts of willful injury causing bodily injury. In the agreement which was accepted by the court, charges of carrying weapons, identified in court records as a wrench, and assault while participating in a felony were dismissed. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but a recognition enough evidence exists to likely result in a conviction in court.

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Noelle Youngbear

Fines totaling $2,500 were suspended by Judge Fae Hoover-Grinde who said this action will allow quicker repayment to the Crime Victim restitution Program which has paid a total of $4,282 to the victims.

Youngbear was originally charged on Nov. 3, 2013, after allegedly entering a home in the 200 block of Meskwaki Road and taking part in the assault of two women at the residence. Court records state she accompanied two others to the residence at about 6:23 a.m. due to an earlier altercation her friend had with the victims.

Youngbear initially was charged by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Detective Jacob Molitor.

Also before Judge Hoover-Grinde:

Emerson Brown-Tenorio, 24, rural Tama, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $3,125 on a charge of 3rd offense drunken driving. He was given credit for 105 days already served. A charge of driving while under suspension was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Jonathan Thomas Cowles, 24, Tama, pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. He was sentenced to a suspended, two-year prison term and fined $625. Cowles was placed on probation for two years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services and directed to pay the enrollment fee.

He was charged on May 2 for taking the vehicle by Tama Police Officer Barnette Curry.

Jeremy Robert Arnoux, 26, Tama, pled guilty to assault causing bodily injury- non-domestic. He was sentenced to four days in jail and given credit for four days already served and fined $315.

Arnoux was charged on Jan. 22 for allegedly striking his girlfriend in the face with his hand by Tama Police Officer Andrea Young.

Theron Dale Garcia, 20, Toledo, pled guilty to driving while barred. He was sentenced to 12 days in jail with credit for 12 days already served and fined $625.

He was charged on June 14 in the 2100 block of Meskwaki Road by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Dustin Blackburn.



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