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Enters Alford pleas to drug, gun charges

August 8, 2014
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Before Judge Mitchell E. Turner in Tama County District Court in Toledo:

Kori Michelle Benson, 26, Ft. Dodge, entered an Alford plea to charges of possession of methamphetamine - 2nd offense and carrying weapons. An Alford pea is not an admission of guilt but recognizes there is likely enough evidence for the prosecution to obtain a conviction court.

Benson was sentenced to suspended, two-year prison terms on each charge and fined $615 on each. As part of the plea deal, three charges of forgery for possession of three counterfeit $20 bills and a charge of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription were dropped.

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Kori Michelle Benson

She was placed on probation for two years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

The charges were originally filed after a traffic stop in the 1800 block of U.S. Highway 63, Traer, on May 2 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Casey Schmidt. A Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm pistol was found near Benson's feet under the passenger seat of the vehicle according to court records.

Wesley Scott Phillips, 37, Grinnell entered written guilty pleas to two counts of assault - domestic abuse and two charges of assault on persons in certain occupations - no injury. He received a deferred judgment and was placed on supervised probation to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. He was assessed civil penalties of $315 on each charge.

Phillips was charged for domestic abuse assault on March 24 for allegedly striking a woman in Garwin and the woman's daughter. He was cited for assault on law enforcement for pushing Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera and attempting to strike Deputy Sheriff Brian Randall.

Emily Cierra Jefferson,18, Toledo, entered a written guilty plea to 1st offense drunken driving. She was sentenced to two days in jail and can successfully complete the OWI Weekend Program in lieu of jail time. She was fined $1,250 and may perform community service work in lieu of paying the fine. Jefferson was also directed to complete a substance abuse evaluation.

She was charged on April 11 in the 200 block of south Broadway after her vehicle struck a parked pickup truck. The charge was filed by Toledo Police Officer Andrea Young.

Harley James Green, 20, rural Toledo entered written guilty pleas to intent to deliver marijuana - possession with intent to deliver marijuana and two counts of possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. A previous deferred judgment was revoked. he was sentenced to suspended, five-year and two-year prison terms and fined a total of $1,375 on the two charges.

Green was originally charged on Oct. 14, 2013, at Pheasant Ridge Care Center, rural Toledo, after marijuana was discovered drying in the rafters of a barn and in a storage shed. The charges were filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.

Green also entered written guilty pleas to a pair of charges for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. He was sentenced to two days in jail on each count and fines of $315 on each charge were suspended.

He was charged on May 1 by Tama County deputy Sheriff Brian Randall.

Jose Luis Roma, 27, Tama, entered a written guilty plea to driving while license revoked. He was fined $1,000.

The charge was filed on June 22 in the 1200 block of U.S. Highway 30 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.

 
 

 

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