Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


July 11, 2014

Puyear receives suspended sentence

Knoxville — Bryce William Puyear was sentenced in Marion County District Court on July 11 to ten years in prison on one count of third-degree sexual abuse. The prison sentence was suspended, and he will be on probation for five years. 

Puyear pled guilty to the amended charge on May 16. He was accused of abusing two female victims. 

One of his victims read a victim impact statement in open court, prior to the pronouncement of the sentence. After the first sentence of her statement, she began to cry and was difficult to understand through most of her statement. She did say that she never knows when she may have a flashback to the incident involving Puyear, and she hoped that the court's punishment will show him that what he did was wrong. The victim was 12 years old at the time of the abuse. 

Following his guilty plea in May, a presentence investigation was filed. This document recommended a suspended sentence for Puyear. Puyear's attorney, Jason Dunn, asked Judge Terry Rickers to follow the investigation's recommendation.

"(Puyear) will have quite a bit of monitoring and treatment," Dunn said. Puyear was given the opportunity to address the court before being sentenced. 

"I apologize for the situation," Puyear said. He promised to follow through if he received probation. Rickers asked him if he understood how badly he hurt the victim. 

"After listening to her...I feel that I somehow or another took her trust away from people," Puyear said. 

"The court agrees with that," Rickers replied. 

Puyear was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus costs and surcharges. Costs of his probation will also be assessed to the defendant. He was ordered to submit a DNA sample to the state, go through the sex offender treatment program, register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will be on parole for the rest of his life. If he is convicted of another sex-related crime, he could face a lifetime prison term. 

"You have no real room for mistakes while on probation," Rickers told Puyear. 

The State was represented by Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand in this case. 

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