The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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March 25, 2014

Man guilty of 2nd-degree theft

CLINTON — A Clinton man admitted to purchasing thousands of dollars of equipment from Wal-Mart with a bank account he knew did not have enough funds.

Travis L. Walters, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree theft. He was originally charged with two counts, but Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers will dismiss one of the counts as part of the plea agreement.

Walters told District Court Judge Joel Barrows that on Oct. 4, he opened an account at Citizen’s First Bank with $30. According to court documents, the bank closed the account on Oct. 9, due to a negative balance of $5,304.36.

Walters told Barrows that on Oct. 4, went to Wal-Mart and purchased three televisions, a game system and other items. According to court documents, Walters passed a check to the store for $4,064.36.

The affidavit continues that Walters also passed a bad $1,270 check for rent to the Miller Ridge apartment complex. This is connected to the charge which Myers agreed to dismiss. As part of the plea agreement, he will be required to pay restitution to both Wal-Mart and Miller Ridge.

Second-degree theft is a class D felony, which carries as much as five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7,500. Barrows warned him that pleading guilty to this charge could affect his current special 10-year parole connected with a conviction of lascivious conduct with a minor.

Walters’ sentencing is set at 10 a.m. on May 15.

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