CLINTON — A Clinton man convicted of possessing a firearm as a domestic abuse offender was granted a suspended sentence and ordered to complete the Residential Corrections Facility program.
Michael D. Mills, 26, 534 Second Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for possession of a firearm by a domestic abuse offender, a Class D felony. District Court Judge Mary Howes ordered a sentence to the custody of the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period not to exceed five years be suspended. A $750 fine was suspended. The sentence was ordered to be served concurrently to a sentence imposed in a separate case for probation revocation.
Mills was placed on probation pending good behavior for two years unless sooner released by the court. Mills, as a condition of probation, was ordered to successfully complete the Residential Corrections Facility program. Mills was ordered to pay attorney fees not to exceed $1,000.
Howes, for the probation revocation, ordered Mills' deferred sentence be revoked. A sentence to the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections not to exceed two years for domestic abuse-assault impeding airflow was suspended. Mills was placed on probation for a period of two years unless sooner released by the court. Mills, as a condition of probation, was ordered to successfully complete the RCF program.
According to the affidavit for the felony charge, at 1:10 a.m. April 20, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. An officer observed the windshield had large cracks throughout and an improper third brake light. The officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle. Mills was identified as a passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle. An officer requested Mills to step out of the vehicle to allow the officer to conduct a pat down for weapons and officer safety.
Mills stepped out of the vehicle. He was holding his groin and bending over in an unnatural position and groaning, as though he was in pain. Mills was told to place his hand on top of the vehicle. Mills placed the front of his body against the vehicle. The officer told Mills to step back and the officer placed his hands on Mills' back. Mills did not step back. Mills was placed in handcuffs for officer safety.
The officer pulled Mills away from the car. A solid object was observed sliding down the inside of Mill's right jeans leg and catching in his rubber boot. The officer pulled Mills' pant leg up and removed a black handgun from Mills' rubber boot. Mills was asked if he had a permit to carry. He replied he did not.