Crete sentence to prison

CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve up to five years in prison on a felony assault charge.

Shannon L. Crete, 37, 156 N. Fifth St., appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony. District Court Judge John Telleen ordered Crete be sent to prison for up to five years. A $750 fine was imposed. The Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale was designated as the reception center. Crete will be given credit for time served in the Clinton County Jail.

Crete's sentence may reduced from the maximum sentence because of statutorily earned good time, work credits and program credits. Crete may be eligible for parole before the full sentence is discharged. Bond on appeal is set at $7,500, cash only. One count of first-degree burglary was dismissed at sentencing, with costs assessed to Crete.

According to the affidavit, at 4:20 a.m. May 18, officers were dispatched for an assault that had just occurred. Officers noticed blood on the front porch of the residence. The front door was slightly opened and damaged and pieces of the door frame were lying on the floor. An officer met with a male inside the residence. The male said he was sleeping in the residence when he heard something break. He awakened to Crete assaulting him, he said. The male was able to identify Crete through several contacts he had with Crete.

The male told the officer he was kicked in the head multiple times by Crete while he was on the floor. The male said during the assault he was struck over his back/shoulder with a mirror, causing a large laceration to his right shoulder area. The male said Crete continued to assault him, adding Crete used a large television to strike the male multiple times over his head. The officer observed multiple contusions on the male's head and facial area, abrasions on his upper back and small lacerations on his back. The male was transported to Mercy North Hospital by ambulance. He was later transported by ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Officers on May 18 contacted Crete at his residence. Crete was arrested and transported to the Clinton Police Department. Crete waived his Miranda Rights and during a recorded interview admitted to walking over to a residence to retrieve property for his ex-girlfriend. Crete admitted to having a physical confrontation with the victim. Crete admitted to punching the victim and throwing him into a large television before leaving the residence.