Ketelsen sent to RCF

CLINTON — A Clinton woman was ordered to serve 60 days in the Clinton County Jail and complete the Residential Corrections Facility Program for violating the terms of probation.

Melani J. Ketelsen, 27, 202 N. Bluff Blvd., Apt. 100, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for a probation revocation hearing. Ketelsen stipulated to the violations set forth in the report of violation. The court accepted Ketelsen's stipulation and found she violated the terms of probation.

District Court Judge John Telleen found Ketelsen was in contempt of court. Telleen ordered Ketelsen to serve 60 days in the Clinton County Jail. The court ordered as an additional term of probation that Ketelsen enter and successfully complete the program at the Residential Corrections Facility. Ketelsen was ordered to be transported to the RCF by sheriff's deputies when bed space becomes available.

Ketelsen was sentenced Aug. 24, 2017, for one count of forgery. District Court Judge Nancy Tabor ordered Ketelsen be committed to the custody of the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period not to exceed five years.

Tabor on March 9 ordered Ketelsen's motion to reconsider her sentence be granted. The sentence not to exceed five years was amended to provide the sentence of incarceration was ordered to be suspended. Ketelsen was placed on supervised probation to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for a period of three years with the specific conditions of completing her HiSet, complying with substance abuse treatment and aftercare and any other conditions her probation officer feels are needed to address needs identified in the pre-sentence investigation report.

Ketelsen was sentenced May 3 on one count of forgery. District Court Judge Patrick McElyea ordered a sentence to the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections not to exceed five years be suspended. A $750 fine was suspended. She was placed on probation pending good behavior for a period of two years to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, unless sooner released upon the recommendation of the probation officer. Specific conditions of probation imposed included Ketelsen obtaining a substance abuse evaluation and successfully completing any recommended treatment, abstaining from the use of controlled substances, submitting to random drug testing, obtaining and maintaining employment and any other conditions set by the probation officer.