The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 11, 2014

White sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on robbery charge

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A District Court judge has ordered a man to serve as much as 10 years in prison for his part in the Aug. 27 robbery of a man at Wild Rose Casino and Resort.

Originally charged with first-degree robbery, Dylon White, 18, pleaded guilty to a lesser included second-degree robbery charge on Dec. 12. Judge Nancy Tabor also fined the defendant $1,000, which she then suspended. She explained to White on Thursday morning that she could not suspend the prison time since robbery is a forcible felony.

Iowa Code describes a forcible felony as any “felonious child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, kidnapping, robbery, arson in the first degree, or burglary in the first degree.” After pleading guilty to the forcible felony of robbery in the second degree, White will be required to serve seven years before being eligible for parole.

“It’s a very serious crime,” Tabor said.

According to court documents, White and Destin Clark, 18, of Neenah, Wis., approached a 36-year-old Illinois man in the area of the Clinton Lawn Cemetery. They then took the victim at gunpoint to the Wild Rose lobby, forcing him to withdraw money out of his account from the ATM.

“Obviously this is a very serious offense. Thankfully, no one was injured,” defense attorney Derek Jones said.

White was ordered to pay $370 restitution jointly with Clark. He must also pay as much as $360 in court-appointed attorney fees. Tabor dismissed a charge of first-degree theft.

In connection with him pleading guilty to robbery, Tabor revoked White’s deferred judgment for an earlier fifth-degree theft charge. She fined him $65.

Clark was sentenced Dec. 5 for the same charge and was ordered to serve as much as 10 years with the Iowa Department of Corrections. He also will be required to serve 70 percent of the sentence. The original charge of robbery in the first degree is a Class B felony, carrying as much as 25 years in prison.