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Stebens Children’s Theater Burglar Loses Appeal Attempt Heading to Prison

After nearly two years of legal proceedings Michael Reich age 24 of Mason City is heading to prison following a 3rd degree burglary conviction.

Reich was charged in April 2010 following a criminal complaint by the Mason City Police Department regarding a November 2009 break in at Stebens Children’s Theater. In the complaint Reich was implicated in the burglary, stealing computer equipment and cash.

On November 29th, 2010 Reich entered a guilty plea to the burglary charge. At the first sentencing on January 10th, 2011 Reich ran out of the court room and was not apprehended by law enforcement for a week.

On March 17th, 2011 Reich was brought before District Court Judge Carlynn Grupp who sentenced him to up to five years in prison for the burglary. The next day he filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court and requested new council. Reich posted a $1000 cash bond March 21st, 2011 and was released pending appeal.

Court records indicate the Iowa Supreme Court clerk entered a procedendo, sending the case back to Cerro Gordo County District Court to proceed with judgment on the original guilty plea. Last Wednesday September 14th District Court Judge Rustin Davenport affirmed the sentence handed down in March sending Reich to prison for up to five years.

Reich is currently serving concurrent sentences in The Cerro Gordo County Jail of 14 days and 21 days stemming from two violations of no contact order convictions. The Cerro Gordo County Jail currently has him listed as waiting transport to prison.

Reich still has a pending court case set for trial in Cerro Gordo County District Court on at least three other criminal cases with charges of 2nd degree burglary, criminal mischief 4th degree, driving while barred, eluding police, and serious domestic assault. Reich has entered not guilty pleas in those cases and they have been set for separate trials in November and December of 2011.

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