Robert Lee Broughton, formerly of Harvey, plead guilty in open court on June 4, to one count of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and one count of Carrying Weapons.
Judge Terry Wilson accepted his plea and immediately sentenced the defendant to five years in prison on Felon in Possession Charge and two years in prison on the Carrying Weapons charge. Said sentences are to run concurrently with each other, for a total incarceration for five years. The defendant was also ordered to make restitution to the State for all court fees. He further was ordered to provide a DNA Sample.
This case was prosecuted by Marion County Attorney Ed Bull, and the defendant was represented by Beau Bergmann of Des Moines.
"I wish to sincerely thank the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding work on this case. Without their dedicated public service, our community would not be a safe as it is. I am also pleased with the outcome of this case. The defendant should not have possessed a firearm, he knew he wasn’t permitted to possess a firearm, and he did it anyway," stated Marion County Attorney Ed Bull.
Broughton was originally set to go on trial on Thursday June 5, 2014.