Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

February 21, 2014

Steele sentenced to 20 years

Knoxville — Lincoln James Steele, 22, of Pella, pled guilty to two counts of lascivious acts with a child this morning and was immediately sentenced to 20 years. 

Steele's plea agreement called for two charges of sexual abuse to be reduced to lascivious acts. Prior to pleading guilty in open court Friday morning, Steele was asked to tell the court what he had done to be guilty of these crimes. 

Steele told Judge Gregory Hulse that he "fondled (and) touched" the vagina of a five-year old girl. This took place in Marion County. For the second count, which took place in Marion County in December 2013, Steele said he "had K.M. touch (his) penis for the purpose of (his) sexual arousal." 

Steele's attorney, Jason Dunn, helped Steele state what Steele had done by whispering in his ear. Before a judge accepts any guilty plea, it is necessary for a defendant to waive the host of rights afforded the accused, including assurance that the defendant is not making the plea under duress or promise of any outcome. Steele went on to tell the judge that everything stated in the court dockets' minutes of testimony are true. 

The defendant waived more rights and proceeded to be sentenced. Hulse sentenced Steele to ten years in prison, per count. Steele will remain in the Marion County Jail until he is transported to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. 

"I am pleased that the defendant entered a guilty plea to this offense and that we were able to spare a very young child from having to testify in court," said Marion County Attorney Ed Bull via a press release. 

 Bull further commented: “I continue to be amazed by the courage it takes for a young person to come forward and confront their accusers.  I wish to thank Officer Shawn Veenstra of the Pella Police Department for his outstanding work on this case, without dedicated public servants like Officer Veenstra, sexual predators such as this defendant would still be out and preying on our children.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • new street sign.jpg New sign installed

    A Knoxville crew installed the first of the new downtown street signs Tuesday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Work on Robinson Monday morning

    Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.

    July 21, 2014

  • Addie.jpg Team Addie benefit Aug 2

    Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nearwood Winery sign.jpg Nearwood Winery earns a bronze

    Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knoxville Dental Center.jpg Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look

    A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dan Losada.jpg Three charged with forgery

    Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills. 

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Loebsck rep to hold office hours

    Congressman Dave Loebsack's district representative will be at the Marion County Courthouse in Knoxville on Thursday, July 17, from 2-3 p.m. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM office 2.jpg New office making progress

    Progress continues on the new City Manager's office inside Knoxville City Hall. 

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • bricks July 15.jpg Brick crew will be here "until the work is done"

    The bricks for the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project remained a concern during Tuesday morning's streetscape meeting. Following a walk-through, during which every aspect of the masonry done thus far was reviewed and critiqued, the City of Knoxville was promised that workers will continue working on the project until the work is done. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
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