Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 26, 2013

Stice pleads guilty

The Journal Express

---- — Brian Dean Stice, 50, pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture less than five grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver on Friday morning.

Assistant Marion County Attorney Tiffany Kragnes told Judge Martha Mertz that, in exchange for the plea, the State will recommend a 10-year suspended prison sentence, three years’ probation plus financial penalties per count. The sentences would run concurrently.

Stice’s attorney, Angela Campbell, said Stice understood the plea agreement. Before any judge accepts a guilty plea, he or she asks a defendant a litany of questions, to ensure that the defendant understands the rights surrendered with such a plea. Stice’s answers indicated that he understood and was willing to plead guilty.

“I went and got somebody their meth,” Stice told Mertz.

During his conversation, Stice said he had medical issues that were not met by the Marion County Jail.

“All I get for a response back is ‘I’m going to tell somebody,’” Stice said. Further conversation revealed that he did not communicate well with the jailers. Mertz told him that unless he brought his issues to someone’s attention, it is difficult to be critical of jail staff.

Kragnes asked the court to reduce Stice’s bond so that he could be released on his own recognizance. By doing this, it would avoid any communication problems or issues Stice may have in receiving medical attention. Mertz agreed to release him.

“I feel like I’ve made some progress,” Stice said. Mertz asked for reassurance that Stice would appear for his sentencing, scheduled for June 7 at 9:30 a.m. Stice said he has lived in Marion County for many years and has not been in much trouble.