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Woman accused of delivering crack cocaine gets deferred judgment

This news story was published on March 7, 2012.
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MASON CITY – On Monday, March 5th, 47-year-old Donya Marie Lee received a deferred judgment on a Class C felony charge of delivery of crack cocaine.

Donya was originally arrested on June 17th, 2011 by the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department for delivery of crack cocaine following a narcotics investigation.

Donya had spent much of the past nine months being pulled in and out of the Cerro Gordo County Jail on numerous warrants for violations of pre-trial release issues and failing to appear to court, each time being released without bond to the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Donya was also charged with one count of accessory to murder following the shooting death of Brandon Crawford on August 9th that occurred in the Casey’s parking lot beside her home. That charge was later dismissed according to court records “in the interest of justice”.

Court records show on January 18th Donya had a plea change hearing on the delivery of crack cocaine charge and sentencing was then set for March 5th. At sentencing on Monday District Court Judge Stephen P. Carroll handed down a deferred judgment in the case. As part of the judgment Donya was directed to complete two hundred hours of community service, and will be on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections for five years.

A deferred judgment refers to a postponed or delayed judgment. In a deferred judgment, the court gives a defendant an opportunity to complete a probationary period before sentencing and prior to any entry of conviction. If the defendant successfully completes probation at the conclusion of the probationary period the court will review the defendant’s file and may dismiss the charges against him/her.

If the defendant does not follow all of the terms and conditions of probation the court may enter the conviction and sentence the defendant accordingly. Normally, if a person pleads guilty or is found guilty of new criminal charges the case proceeds to sentencing. When a deferred judgment is obtained the case is frozen between the guilty plea and sentencing.

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17 Responses to Woman accused of delivering crack cocaine gets deferred judgment

  1. Bob Reply Report comment

    April 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    this crack head needs to be locked up for good !! what a bunch of sh@t !! the county attorney & judges need to be replaced IMMEDIATELY !!

  2. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Did occur to any of the posters that she will likely be testifying in Crawford’s murder trial and a deal was made on that basis?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Did it ever occur to you if Donya’s House of Crack wasn’t their murders wouldn’t have a front porch to hang out on and Beje Clark escapees wouldn’t have a crack house to hid the gun in after the murder.

  3. What are the Judges Thinking? Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Since this revolving door got a deferred sentence, how long before she’s caught doing something again? Will the sentence be made and dismissed? Probably. We need people out on the streets like this so we have some excitement in this town. Is that what the judges are thinking? Maybe it keeps the publics mind off their bad judging.

    • anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

      I don’t think anyone is falsely judging this person. She gets arrested, gets let go, gets arrested, gets let go. She was involved in a murder, get’s let go. She needs to be in jail and off the streets. Sorry if you feel that’s judging her, but how many strikes can she be allowed?

  4. Bender Reply Report comment

    March 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

    shes hot! I like that rough look

  5. anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    This is the second article about meth/crack dealers getting off this week. It’s ridiculous. Who oversees the judges in Cerro Gordo County? When did it become “okay” to be a drug dealer? Why aren’t these people in jail?

  6. Katie Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    It’s a shame that people get hooked on drugs. If only they could understand what the chemicals do to their brains and that, after a while, there will be no more pleasure. Just apathy and anger. There are no “happy” chemicals left in the brain.

    I’m reading a book called Methland that is mostly about Oelwein and what meth did to that town and how they are recovering. I highly recommend it. It’s available on It explains what meth does to the brain chemicals and why it quits working.

    • amy Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      i read that book recently too. it was an eye opener!

    • anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      But the court system is not helping her by letting continue to live this lifestyle. Send her to jail and let her get rehab while she is in jail. Maybe some jail time will trigger something in those damaged brain cells.

  7. Mason Sh*tty Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    She is a Rat, Mason City lets this type of stuff go on. No wonder we got these type of drug dealers an walfare soaking people here. Oh and whos paying for that big Trash bin in front her house ? Its been there for months, let me guess the Mason City Tax payers!!

    • UStoleMyName Reply Report comment

      March 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

      It is my understanding that Casey’s bought the property and plans to demolish it. The trash bin belongs to Russ Hardy’s business. He wanted to purchase the property, but wasn’t able to. Instead, he made a deal with Casey’s to remove the trash from the house in exchange for some appliances, furnace, water heater, and central air unit. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from a couple of guys there were there cleaning it out one day.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    She is a Rat. Mason City is just letting this type of stuff go on.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Why do they keep letting her off? Is she related to a judge?

    • ed Reply Report comment

      March 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      For one thing, they let her out because she snitched. Pay attention folks because now you’ll be reading about a lot more druggies getting busted soon.

  10. related? Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    i thought she was related to lionel foster??

  11. anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Why doesn’t this piece of trash get thrown in jail for once and for all? Get her off the street!