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Ginger Jefferson ordered to pay restitution

Tama County District Court

July 23, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Ginger Lea Jefferson, 58, Toledo, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for 1st degree murder in Tama County District Court on Monday, July 14, was directed to pay restitution by Judge Stephen B. Jackson.

He ordered Jefferson to pay $150,000 to the heirs of the estate of Kerry O'Clair Jefferson and $7,500 to Criminal Victim Assistance Program.

Ginger Jefferson was convicted by a District Court Jury on May 27 in the stabbing death of her daughter-in-law.

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Ginger Lea Jefferson confers with defense attorney Michael Jones at sentencing for 1st degree murder on Monday, July 14, at the Tama County Courthouse in Toledo.
Chronicle/John Speer

Jefferson's son, and Kerry Jefferson's husband, Dustin Jerome Jefferson, 38, has been charged and awaits further court proceedings on charges of 1st degree murder or aid and abetting murder in connection with his wife's death.

He also faces charges of 3rd degree sexual abuse in a separate case. He continues to be held in the Tama county Jail in Toledo on $1 million bond on the murder charge and $30,000 bond on the sex abuse charges.

Court testimony in the case of Ginger Jefferson indicated Kerry Jefferson's intent to turn in her husband on the sexual abuse charges led to her murder.

Kerry O'Clair Jefferson's body was discovered in a residence in Tama on Sept. 25, 2013, by Tama Police who were conducting a welfare check.

Before Judge Ian K. Thornhill in Tama County District Court in Toledo:

Ashley Nicole Bush, 25, Des Moines, entered an Alford plea to a charge of child endangerment. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt by the defendant but recognizes enough evidence may be presented to obtain a conviction.

She was fined $675 and is allowed to complete community service in lieu of paying the fine.

Bush was originally accused of sexual abuse, lascivious acts and indecent contact with a child which allegedly occurred in 2010. The charges were filed by the Tama County Sheriff's Office and County Attorney's Office.

Lam Quang Ta, 35, Waterloo, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and fined $1,250. He can complete the DUI Weekend Program in lieu of serving the jail sentence and a total of $625 of the fine may be waived if he provides proof of installation of an ignition interlock device to the court. He was also directed to complete a drinking driver's course.

Ta was charged on June 3 on U.S. Highway 30 at X Avenue by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Brian Randall.

James Franklin Anderson, 34, rural Tama, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $1,250. He can participate in the Alternative incarceration Program in Marshall County if the sheriffs of Tama and Marshall counties agree.

Anderson was charged on April 19 at 370th Street and Avenue by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.



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