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Man who shot deputy back in 1998 won’t be getting out of prison early, court says

DES MOINES – A man who shot a Worth county deputy back in 1998 as a teenager will not be getting out of prison early, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled.

Jake Russell Giles, now age 35 and formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was arrested back in September of 1998 in Manly. He had shot Worth county deputy Chris Myers at least twice and committed a robbery. Giles was later caught after a large manhunt.

Court documents say that in June 1999, Giles, a seventeen-year-old juvenile at the time of the offenses, entered guilty pleas to second-degree robbery and attempted murder in exchange for dismissal of theft charges. Because both offenses carried mandatory minimum terms, the “fighting issue” at sentencing was whether the district court would order the terms to be served concurrently or consecutively. After a hearing, the court ordered Giles to serve up to ten years on the robbery conviction and up to twenty-five years on the attempted murder conviction, both convictions carrying mandatory minimums and the terms to be served consecutively for a total of thirty-five years in prison.

Appealing his sentence, Giles claims the sentence imposed following resentencing constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

However, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled the newly imposed sentence does not amount to cruel and unusual punishment, and affirmed the sentences.

Giles’ is being held in the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.

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