CLINTON — A Camanche man has been ordered to serve up to 10 years in prison for his son's death.
Glenn A. Plummer III, 63, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for voluntary manslaughter, a Class C felony. Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers said voluntary manslaughter is a forcible felony, requiring a sentence of incarceration, and precluded Plummer III from receiving a suspended sentence or deferred judgement.
Myers said the State believed incarceration was appropriate, stating Plummer's acts resulted in the loss of a life. Myers said the circumstances have been tough on the family and "affected everyone in a tragic way." Myers requested the court order $2,625.75 in victim restitution for funeral expenses. She also requested $150,000 in victim restitution due to the death of the victim.
Defense attorney Harold DeLange concurred with Myers' comments and called it a "tragic situation." He stated Plummer expected punishment and accepted responsibility for his actions. He said Plummer understood situations such as this one require punishment.
District Court Judge Mark Lawson ordered Plummer to serve a sentence of incarceration not to exceed 10 years. He was given credit for time spent in the Clinton County Jail and was fined $1,000. Lawson ordered Plummer to pay $2,625.75 in victim restitution to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund and $150,000 in restitution to the victim's heirs, per Iowa Code Section 910.3B(1). Lawson determined Plummer did not have the reasonable ability to pay attorney fees not to exceed $1,800.
Lawson stated even if a sentence of incarceration was not mandatory, the court still felt the circumstances dictated a prison sentence, characterizing it as a "tragic set of circumstances."
According to the affidavit, at 10:57 p.m. May 30, a Camanche officer was dispatched for a domestic assault. The officer arrived to find Plummer in his apartment with blood on his right hand from a cut that was just above the knuckle and webbing of his finger. Plummer was having a hard time explaining what happened due to having a stoma on his neck.
The affidavit states Plummer confirmed by nodding his head that he had struck his son, Joseph Plummer, 38. The officer looked out the door into the hallway to see a male, identified as Joseph Plummer. The victim had blood in his mouth, a swollen jaw, a bloody laceration on his hand, a black eye and blood on his face and neck. Glenn Plummer was later interviewed again on May 31 by the Camanche Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Glenn Plummer stated he remembered hitting his son from the neck up but could not remember how many times. He stated in the interview he lost it and was not acting in self-defense.
The affidavit states at the time of the incident, Joseph Plummer indicated Glenn Plummer was intoxicated, came out of his bedroom, got into his son's face and started to harass him. The victim stated this is when he was struck in the face with a closed fist by his father. The victim stated he was hit a few more times and then ran to the hallway to get away from his father. The victim stated his father followed him into the hall and continued to strike him. The victim had visible injuries and was offered medical treatment. He was later taken by ambulance to Mercy North Hospital in Clinton for injuries sustained from the assault.
The affidavit states Joseph Plummer's condition declined. He was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital by MedForce helicopter. He died from the injuries June 1. Reports indicate Joseph Plummer's autopsy was conducted June 5 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The cause of death was attributed to blunt force injuries of the head based on the circumstances of death, autopsy examination and toxicology examination. The death was ruled a homicide.