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July 11, 2014

Simmons sent to prison

Knoxville — Kirk Simmons was sentenced to five years in prison on the charge of possession of methamphetamine-third or subsequent offense. 

Simmons pled guilty to the crime on April 25. The State of Iowa, represented by Assistant Marion County Attorney Tiffany Kragnes, recommended the five-year sentence, a $750 fine and surcharges, and that the prison sentence should run concurrently with another punishment from Polk County.

Defense Attorney Christine Branstad said that Simmons has made strides while working to improve his life. Judge Terry Rickers asked Simmons if there was anything he wanted to say before sentence was pronounced.

"I have nothing, your honor," Simmons said. He went on to say that he hoped the judge would follow the recommendations of counsel. "I understand I need to be punished. I have to account for what I did." 

Rickers adopted the plea agreement and sentenced Simmons to five years, to run concurrently with a Polk County case. Other cases, pending against Simmons, were dismissed. 

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