Iowa man sentenced to 3 years for burglaries

Published 10:07 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

A Charles City man charged with three burglaries in the past year was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday in Freeborn County District Court.

Jeromy Dann

Jeromy Eugene Dann, 35, was sentenced to serve the time in connection with the theft of firearms, ammunition and tools in early January from a Manchester residence and a burglary that took place in December on 770th Avenue in Freeborn County. Those sentences will run concurrently. Dann is expected to serve more than two years in prison on the files and be on supervised release for a little more than one year, pending good behavior.

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Dann was charged with 13 counts of felony theft and one count of first-degree criminal damage to property in the first file, but those charges were dismissed.

In a third file involving the robbery of a Hayward bar in January, Dann was sentenced to more than two years in prison for second-degree burglary and more than 1 1/2 years in prison for fourth-degree assault on a peace officer, which will run concurrent with his sentences in the other two files.

Court documents state Dann was charged in the third file after he was arrested early in the morning of Jan. 22 following a pursuit after a burglary of Julio’s Bar in Hayward. He faced charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and possessing ammunition or a firearm with a previous felony conviction in that case, but those charges were dismissed.

In the files, Dann was ordered to pay more than $43,300 in restitution, and he received credit for 218 days he has served in custody.

Prior to sentencing, Assistant Freeborn County Attorney Corey Rothrock said the piece of mind and ability to feel safe of the victims was hurt by the incidents.

“Mr. Dunn completely obliterated people’s sense of safety,” Rothrock said.

A victim from one of the burglaries said in court on Monday he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night wondering what is going to happen. He listed the items Dann stole from him, and said he hopes a similar incident does not happen again.

Prior to sentencing, Dann said he was “very sorry” for his actions, and said he would better himself, get back to his family and continue his life.

He said he was “really regretful” to the victims of the crime. Dann wished his victims well, and he expressed hope they would move on from the incidents.

District Court Judge Ross Leuning said Dann’s addiction to methamphetamine during the incidents did not excuse his actions. He said the incidents impacted families and the community.

“That selfishness on your part is hard to understand,” said Leuning, who said he was not confident sending Dann to prison would change his mentality. He suggested Dann seek out programming that addresses his behavior while in prison.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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