Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

July 3, 2014

Hawkins sent to prison

Knoxville — David Ray Hawkins, 19, pled guilty to one count of lascivious acts with a child in Marion County District Court Thursday morning. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. 

Hawkins admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Knoxville in May. The defendant voluntarily entered the guilty plea, waiving several rights afforded criminal defendants. He waived more rights to proceed with sentencing, immediately after entering the plea. 

The victim's father read an impact statement before the sentence was pronounced. The father accused Hawkins of telling the girl what she wanted to hear.

"This man took advantage of a little girl who was down on herself," the father said. "My 13-year-old girl was led astray by this adult. I don't know if she'll ever trust men again." 

He went on to say that the victim will be continuing to struggle with the effects of the abuse long after Hawkins is released from prison. 

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull asked Judge Terry Rickers to impose the maximum sentence of 10 years.

"There's no question we need to send a strong message," Bull said. Rickers gave Hawkins the opportunity to address the court before being sentenced. 

"I just wanted to apologize to (the victim) and her family," Hawkins said. "I am truly sorry."

Rickers engaged Hawkins at that point. He asked the defendant what he was thinking. Hawkins said that he was not thinking at the time of the crime.

"Oh, you were thinking," Rickers said. Hawkins then lamented, "I just wanted to fulfill my sexual desire." 

Hawkins was scheduled to appear in court regarding a probation violation. He was on probation for an OWI charge. Rickers asked Hawkins his opinion for how the probation has gone.

Text Only
Local News
  • Republicans.jpg Republicans to hold events
    The Marion County Republicans are holding events in Knoxville and Pella Saturday, July 26. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fawn.jpg Marion County photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2014 Marion County Photo Contest were announced at the Marion County Fair. 

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seusical for web.jpg Seusical opens Friday

    Seussical the Musical will be performed live on stage at the Pella Community Center over the next two weeks. The show will feature some familiar Knoxville faces, including lead character "Cat in the Hat" performed by Knoxville High School student Colby Jones and "Horton the Elephant" played by 3M employee Todd Weber. Other Knoxville actors include Greg May as the General and Liz DeMoss as a Who.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Drug bust in Pershing

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Pershing last night, leading to one arrest. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MINE logo.jpg Two arrested on drug charges

    The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement drug task force executed a search warrant in Knoxville last night. A man and a woman were arrested. 

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
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