CLINTON — A man has been ordered to serve a prison term of up to 25 years on burglary and weapons charges.
Lucas P. Kokjohn, 26, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for first-degree burglary, a Class B felony; and possession of a firearm as a felon, as a habitual offender, a Class D felony.
Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers recommended the court order Kokjohn to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed 25 years. Myers recommended the court order the sentences to run concurrently. She cited the nature of the offense with a break-in at the residence and use of a firearm, Kokjohn’s previous criminal history and Kokjohn posing a potential risk for future violence and future victimization.
Defense attorney Barbara Maness said that Kokjohn was doing everything he could while incarcerated prior to sentencing to rehabilitate. She stated he was a trustee at the Clinton County Jail and was doing what he could to be of use while at the jail. Maness asked the court to consider granting Kokjohn credit for time served while in custody for a federal violation. She stated Kokjohn did not want to continue the path he was on, adding he is employable and has family support.
Kokjohn stated he has been incarcerated for 28 months and has taken anger management classes and done his best to stay out of trouble. He stated he understands he hurt his family, himself, the community and the victims of this case and wants to “make it past this.”
District Court Judge Nancy Tabor stated Kokjohn is not entitled to credit for time served stemming from his federal case. She stated he would be given credit for time served in the Clinton County Jail starting on Dec. 15. Tabor stated Kokjohn has a supportive family and great potential but cited the violent nature of the offense. She cited his criminal history, with a conviction of a violent crime in 2008. She also cited Kokjohn possessing a firearm, which was a illegal due to a previous felony conviction.
Tabor ordered Kokjohn to serve a sentence not to exceed 25 years for first-degree burglary. She ordered Kokjohn to serve a sentence not to exceed 15 years for possession of a firearm as a felon as a habitual offender. Tabor ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Tabor stated Kokjohn has the ability to get out before the full length of the sentence by completing work time, taking programs and earning good time. The State will dismiss a charge of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, after the appeal period expires.
Another defendant in the case, Adrian L. Huycke, 25, was sentenced in August and was ordered to serve a sentence not to exceed 25 years for first-degree burglary and not to exceed 15 years for felon in possession of a firearm as a habitual offender. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
According to the affidavit, between 10:16 p.m. and 10:34 p.m. May 19, 2015, three males pulled into the driveway at one male’s residence. The vehicle was approached by Kokjohn and Huycke, both armed with handguns. Kokjohn and Huycke ordered the three males out of the vehicle and into the residence. Kokjohn and Huycke had no right, license, or privilege to the residence. The three males were all ordered to lie on the floor and had their pants removed. Kokjohn said he had a “nine.” One male was asked where the guns and money were at in the house.
The affidavit states Kokjohn watched the three on the floor as Huycke went to the second floor of the residence. One male was tapped on the side of the head with the barrel of the gun Kokjohn brandished because he did not have his hands out far enough. Kokjohn took money and a cell phone out of one male’s pocket. A separate male was able to retrieve a handgun he had hidden where he laid and fired at Kokjohn. The male hit Kokjohn, who returned fire at the male. The three alleged victims all ran from the residence. The handgun the male used is a revolver that can fire a .410 shot shell.
The affidavit continues that at 10:57 p.m. May 19, 2015, the Clinton County Communications Center received a call from Mercy North Hospital’s emergency room stating they had a male subject who was just admitted with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers responded to the Mercy North ER and identified the male subject with multiple gunshot wounds as Kokjohn. Kokjohn told an officer he was shot from behind as he walked down the street somewhere in the south end of Clinton. An officer observed multiple pellet wounds all over Kokjohn’s body.
The affidavit states blood samples were collected as evidence from the residence and sent to the Iowa Department of Public Safety DCI Criminalistics Laboratory. A DNA profile was developed from two of the samples that matched the known DNA profile of Kokjohn. Two spent shell casings were recovered from inside the residence in the area Kokjohn was when he fired his gun at one of the alleged victims. Three spent .410 shot shells fired from the alleged victim’s gun and two live .410 shot shells were collected as evidence. Pellets were removed from Kokjohn at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by medical staff as evidence. The pellets were consistent with the type of ammunition, .410 shot shells, the alleged victim had loaded in the handgun he fired at Kokjohn.