Clinton man sentenced to 25 years

CLINTON — A Clinton man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for one count of felony burglary.

Eric J. Thomson, 41, 1647 468th Ave., appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for one count of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony.

District Court Judge Henry Latham ordered the 25-year sentence. Latham said the Iowa Department of Corrections will determine when Thomson is released. Latham cited the circumstances of the offense with a firearm and the victim being "placed in very serious fear of her life."

Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf believes the forcible felony sentence is appropriate in the case, stating this is not the first time Thomson has been in a situation with a weapon involved.

Thomson pleaded guilty to the charge March 26.

Defense attorney Derek Jones said Thomson has substance abuse and mental health issues that need to be addressed. He said Thomson will have an opportunity to address these issues while incarcerated.

One count of first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony; one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony; one count of going armed with intent, a Class D felony; and one count of possession or control of a firearm or offensive weapon as a felon, a Class D felony, were dismissed at sentencing, with costs assessed to Thomson.

According to the affidavit, on June 22, a Camanche Police Department officer took a report that a woman and Thomson had been in an argument, at which time he left. The woman indicated that at 3:30 a.m. she was asleep in her bed when Thomson entered the room and woke her at gunpoint. The woman said Thomson dragged her out of bed by her arm and out to the kitchen, where she was held at gunpoint for two to three hours.

"At one point Thomson discharged a pistol near where she was sitting, causing her pain and short-term hearing loss," the affidavit states. "Thomson then forced her into the basement, striking her twice in the forehead with the gun and kicking her in the stomach."

The woman indicated Thomson told her he was taking her down the stairs to kill her and she would not make it out alive. Thomson discharged the pistol in the basement, striking a television set mounted on the wall while she was sitting on the corner of the couch in the same room.

Officers observed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the wall in the kitchen/dining room that was freshly repaired. Officers also saw a bullet hole in a television in the basement and wall. Officers subsequently recovered a spent bullet in the wall cavity directly below the hole in the basement wall.