Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Breaking News

April 4, 2014

Todd rejects plea offer

Already facing 19 counts, 80 more could be filed

Knoxville — In Marion County District Court Friday morning, Dustin Blake Todd, 28, rejected what was referred to as the State's one and only plea bargain offer to settle 19 criminal charges against him. 

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull told Judge John Lloyd that the State of Iowa would not offer another bargain in Todd's case. The agreement would have included Todd pleading guilty to first-degree robbery and ongoing criminal conduct. If Todd had chosen to accept the deal, the State would have sought a prison sentence of up to 25 years and that Todd provide restitution to all victims included in the 19 charges he is already facing, but to additional victims for crimes Todd is suspected to have committed, but has not been charged. Bull added that the State believes that there are 80 more criminal charges it could file against Todd. 

Todd is accused of several burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges for alleged actions in late 2013 and early 2014 throughout Marion County. These incidents have been investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Knoxville Police Department. 

As Bull's statements came to a close, he said that the State has already expended many resources on this case, and it is prepared to spend even more if the case goes to trial. Todd's initial trial, for these 19 counts, is expected to take up to six weeks. 

Bull added that if Todd is convicted on these charges, "He will not immediately go to prison." The State would move forward with the additional charges to try to make other victims whole. 

Lloyd asked Bull to clarify that if Todd had accepted the offer, Todd would not face further charges and he would have immunity if he admits to any other criminal asked. Bull confirmed this. 

"I would not like to accept the offer," Todd told Lloyd. His attorney, Jason Dunn, asked him if he understood the potential ramifications of his rejection. "Yes, I understand," Todd said. 

Text Only
Breaking News
Features
AP Video
Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Obama Asks Central American Leaders for Help Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Obama Advisor Skips House Hearing Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results