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Tama County District Court

Prison term in domestic abuse case

September 14, 2011
Dysart Reporter

David James Steffen, 55, Dysart, was sentenced to two 15-year prison terms and 90 days in jail to be served concurrently by Judge Marsha M Beckelman in Tama County District Court in Toledo on Sept. 2.

Steffen was also fined a total of $2,315 on the three charges.

He was found guilty on May 3 of 2nd offense domestic abuse assault, assault while participating in a felony as a habitual violator and 2nd degree burglary.

Judge Beckelman directed Steffen must serve a mandatory minimum of three years before being considered for release.

He was originally charged on July 27, 2010, of domestic abuse assault by Dysart Police Chief Tim Ruroden. A County Attorney's information filed on Aug. 5 carried the additional charges.

Steffen allegedly went to the home of his ex-wife in Dysart and kicked in the screen door. He was ordered to pay victim restitution of $179.

Also before Judge Beckelman:

Dale R. Buffalo, 53, Toledo, entered a written guilty plea to 3rd offense public intoxication. He received a suspended 180-day jail term with credit for time served and was placed on unsupervised probation for one year. A $625 fine was also suspended.

Buffalo was charged on May 10 in the 100 block of South Broadway by Toledo Police Officer Ben Engle.

Fernando Camacho, 36, Marshalltown, entered a written guilty plea to assault causing bodily injury and 3rd degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to suspended 180-day jail terms which were suspended with credit for time served. He was fined $315 for assault and $625 for criminal mischief and placed on unsupervised probation for two years.

Camacho was charged assaulting another person at the Meskwaki Trading Post and destroying business property during the fight on Aug. 15. The charge was filed by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Officer Lee Posusta.

Jennifer Ailene Roling, 33, Traer entered a written guilty plea to domestic abuse assault. She received a deferred judgement, was directed to pay a $315 civil penalty and was placed on probation to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for one year.

She was charged in the 200 block of Berlin Street in Traer with striking and biting her marriage partner on July 31 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker.

Robert Dana Johnson Sr., 41, rural Tama, was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term and placed on probation for two years to the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Johnson pled guilty on July 14 to failure to comply with sex offender registry requirements.

As part of his sentence he was placed at the Ft. Des Moines Residential Facility for up to one year.

He was charged on March 18, 2010, while the U.S. Marshal's Service was conducting Operation Northern Star. Court records show Johnson's registered address was what was found to be an unoccupied house in the 500 block of Red Earth Drive which had been unoccupied for up to one year.

Johnson was accused of not following registry guidelines by not informing the sheriff of an address change. The charge was filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Craig G. Karr.

Jared Lee Metz, 39, rural Toledo, entered a written guilty plea to simple assault. He was sentenced to 47 days in jail with credit for 47 days served.

Metz was originally charged with going armed with intent for threatening staff at Pheasant Ridge Care Center with a razor blade on July 16 by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker.

 
 

 

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