Isaiah Zion Lewis

Isaiah Lewis (right) is led into court by his attorney, Barbara Jo Westphal, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

GARNER | A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to first-degree robbery for an incident that occurred at a party in rural Hancock County in late July.

Isaiah Zion Lewis, who is currently being held at the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora, admitted that he pointed a gun at someone, with the intent to rob him.

According to court records, Lewis and Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 19, attended a party in rural Hancock County on July 31. Lewis tapped a victim on the shoulder with a AR15 rifle, and told him and another person to empty their pockets.

Judge Rustin Davenport questioned Lewis Tuesday morning about the events that occurred July 31. He specifically asked about whether Lewis intended to use the gun to rob the victims.

Lewis stated at the Hancock County Courthouse that he did possess a firearm on that day, and threatened to use it if the victims didn't comply.

"I was telling them, 'Give me what's in your pockets,'" he said in court.

First-degree robbery is a Class B felony in Iowa. Davenport discussed Lewis' possible sentence with former Hancock County Attorney David Solheim, current Hancock County Attorney Norman Blake and Barbara Jo Westphal, Lewis' attorney.

Under Iowa law, the maximum sentence for an adult convicted of first-degree robbery is 25 years. There also is a mandatory minimum for 17-and-a-half years.

Davenport stated, however, that because Lewis is a juvenile, that the mandatory minimum should possibly be waived.

Lewis' sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. in the Hancock County Courthouse.

Contact Steve at 641-421-0527 or on Twitter @Steve_Bohnel.

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