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Tama Co. Court News

July 25, 2014
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Tama County District Court

Ginger Lea Jefferson, 58, Toledo, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for 1st degree murder in Tama County District Court on Monday, July 14, was directed to pay restitution by Judge Stephen B. Jackson. He ordered Jefferson to pay $150,000 to the heirs of the estate of Kerry O'Clair Jefferson and $7,500 to Criminal Victim Assistance Program. Ginger Jefferson was convicted by a District Court Jury on May 27 in the stabbing death of her daughter-in-law. Jefferson's son, and Kerry Jefferson's husband, Dustin Jerome Jefferson, 38, has been charged and awaits further court proceedings on charges of 1st degree murder or aid and abetting murder in connection with his wife's death. He also faces charges of 3rd degree sexual abuse in a separate case. He continues to be held in the Tama county Jail in Toledo on $1 million bond on the murder charge and $30,000 bond on the sex abuse charges. Court testimony in the case of Ginger Jefferson indicated Kerry Jefferson's intent to turn in her husband on the sexual abuse charges led to her murder. Kerry O'Clair Jefferson's body was discovered in a residence in Tama on Sept.. 25, 2013, by Tama Police who were conducting a welfare check.

Before Judge Ian K. Thornhill in Tama County District Court in Toledo: Ashley Nicole Bush, 25, Des Moines, entered an Alford plea to a charge of child endangerment. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt by the defendant but recognizes enough eveidence may be presented to obtain a conviction. She was fined $675 and is allowed to complete community service in lieu of paying the fine. Bush was accused of sexual abuse, lascivious acts and indecent contact with a child which allegedly occurred in 2010. The charges were filed by the Tama County Sheriff's Office and County Attorney's Office. Corey Allen Williams, 33, Garwin was sentenced in a series of cases after entering guilty pleas. Williams pleaded guilty to June 18 charges of domestic abuse assault - 2nd offense and two counts of child endangerment - substantial risk. He was sentenced to a suspended two-year prison term for domestic assault and concurrent two-year, suspended terms for child endangerment. Williams was ordered to to complete the iowa Domestic Abuse Program within 210 days. Fines totaling $625 on each charges were suspended. He was placed on probation for one year and directed to pay a $300 supervisory enrollment fee. Williams was charged on June 18 in the 100 block of 1st Street, Garwin, by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Ellenbecker. Williams pleaded guilty to an April 12, charge of assault causing bodily injury and was fined $315 and directed ot pay victim restitution. He was charged on April 12 for assaulting a 16-year-old male in Garwin by punching him in the face and pushing him to the ground. The charge was field by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Brian Randall. Williams also entered a guilty plea to a May 14 domestic abuse assault charge. He was sentenced to 23 days in jail with credit for 23 days served, fined $315 and again directed to complete the Iowa Domestic Abuse Program within 210 days. He has been charged for assaulting his wife by grabbing her throat and squeezing by Tama County Deputy sheriff Bruce Rhoads. Levi Cruz Troxell, 19, Tama, pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle wihto the owner's consent. He received a deferred judgment, was assessed a $315 civil fine and placed on supervised probation. He is to pay a $300 supervisory enrollment fee. Troxell was charged on Dec. 30, 2013, by Tama police Officer Barnette Curry. Amy Ruth Garringer, 26, Des Moines received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to credit card fraud. She was placed on self-supervised probation and assessed a $625 civil penalty. Garringer was charged on July 31, 2013, for using a credit card of anot5her and charging $6,032 in purchases over a period of about four months. The charge was filed by Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall. Lam Quang Ta, 35, Waterloo, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and fined $1,250. He can complete the DUI Weekend Program in lieu of serving the jail sentence and a total of $625 of the fine may be waived if he provides proof of installation of an ignition interlock device to the court. He was also directed to complete a drinking driver's course. Ta was charged on June 3 on U.S. Highway 30 at X Avenue by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Brian Randall. Michael Dean Dickerson, 24, Grinnell, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He received a deferred judgment, was assessed a $315 civil penalty and was directed to complete drinking driver's school. He must also pay a $300 supervisory enrollment fee to the Department of Correctional Services. Dickerson was charged on June 8 at 3rd and Main streets in Garwin while operating what court records lists as a small dirt bike / motorcycle. The charge was filed by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt. James Franklin Anderson, 34, rural Tama, pleaded guilty to 1st offense drunken driving. He was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $1,250. He can participate in the Alternative incarceration Program in Marshall County if the sheriffs of Tama and Marshall counties agree. Anderson was charged on April 19 at 370th Street and Avenue by Tama County Deputy Sheriff Joe Quandt.

Tama County Magistrate Court

Before Magistrate Richard Vander Mey:

Mark Poll, 52, Virginia, Neb., was found guilty of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit following trial. Hec was fined and assessed court costs totaling $168. The charge was filed by the Iowa State Patrol.

Guilty plea, fines and court costs, agency filing charge(s)- James Edward Gary, 57, Waterloo, speeding 11-15 mph over limit $168. Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement Justin Darby Fencl, 39, Waterloo, speeding 1-5 mph over limit $87. Iowa state Patrol Dawn Marie Murray, 41, Marion, aid and abet a no contact order $148. Tama County Sheriff's Office Daniel Shawn Posey, 34, rural Tama, trespassing, $148. Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Andres Cervantes-Favela, 59, Tama, no valid driver's license, unsafe turn $300. Tama County Sheriff's Office

Before Magistrate Ann Kuhter: Kelon R. Hardwick, 27, Dysart, unlawful lighting of fireworks $148. Dysart Police William B. Taylor Jr., 60, Madison, Wisc., speeding 65 mph in 55 zone $114. Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement Justin Edward Wentz, 26, Waterloo, no vehicle insurance, speeding 11-15 mph over limit $566. Iowa State Patrol Luann Kay Kane, 48, Grinnell, two counts of abandonment of two dogs $351. Tama county Sheriff's Office Jeffrey Glen Barker Bowers, 16, Colorado Springs, Colo. no vehicle insurance $398. Dysart Police Darris Tyrone Lee, 27, Belle Plaine, driving while license suspended, speeding 6-10 mph over limit $512. Iowa State Patrol Betty Kubalek, 74, rural Toledo, failure to leave accident information $148. Toledo Police Christopher Lee Christensen, 30, Cedar Rapids, speeding 61 mph in 55 zone $179. Tama county Sheriff's Office



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