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January 31, 2014

Abduction leads to 20 years

CLINTON — DeWayne Patterson will serve as much as 20 years for kidnapping the mother of his child in April.

District Court Judge Joel Barrows sentenced the 39-year-old Clinton man Thursday to as many as 10 years in prison for third-degree kidnapping, 10 years for willful injury, causing serious injury, five years for domestic abuse assault, impeding airway and as much as five years for assault with the intent of committing sexual abuse, causing bodily injury. The two 10-year sentences will be served consecutively and the five-year sentences will be served concurrently to the first two counts.

The original plea agreement on Dec. 26 had Patterson serving as much as 25 years, with three of the sentences running consecutive and the remaining five-year sentence running concurrently.

However, a discussion was held Thursday between the county attorney and the defense attorney after discovering Iowa code would require the defendant to serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before being eligible parole, based on his past felony convictions. Both attorneys agreed to arranging the sentences for a maximum of 20 years.

As part of a special sentence associated with the assault, with the intent of committing sexual abuse charge, Patterson will serve another 10 years to be served with the Iowa Department of Corrections for supervised parole or possible incarceration, after completing the rest of his sentence. He also will be required to adhere to the sex offender registry regulations.

Patterson was charged with kidnapping his girlfriend between April 1 and April 4. The defendant did not admit guilt to the charges of third-degree kidnapping and assault with the intent of committing sexual abuse, causing bodily injury, instead offering an Alford plea. He did admit to the domestic assault and willful injury charges.

Barrows also fined Patterson a total of $3,500, which he then suspended. Court-appointed attorney fees were waived.

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