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GARNER | A Jewell man who pleaded guilty to using a gun to threaten others and get money from them last July at a rural Hancock County party has been sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 20, must serve at least seven years of that sentence before being eligible for parole. 

He pleaded guilty this week to second-degree robbery and intimidation with a dangerous weapon, both forcible felonies; and second-degree burglary, a non-forcible felony.

Valentine requested immediate sentencing.

District Judge Gregg Rosenbladt gave him the maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison on each count.

In Iowa those convicted of second-degree robbery must serve a mandatory minimum of one-half to seven-tenths of their sentence. Rosenbladt ruled Valentine should be required to serve seven-tenths of his sentence on that count.

He also ordered that Valentine's prison terms be served consecutively because of the dangerous nature of the offenses, the discharge of a firearm, the burglary of a residence and his prior record. 

In the Hancock County case, Valentine had been charged with seven counts of first-degree robbery. One of those charges was reduced to second-degree robbery through a plea bargain.

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Three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree burglary were dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

Three fines of $1,000 each were suspended. 

Co-defendant Isaiah Lewis, 18, previously was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of first-degree robbery. 

Lewis, who was 17 when the crime occurred, must serve five years of that sentence before being eligible for parole. 

Another co-defendant, Samuel Christopher Swanson, 19, pleaded guilty last year to second- and third-degree robbery and was sentenced to 12 years of probation. 

Valentine, Lewis and Swanson all have trials pending in Story County in another robbery case.

The are all charged with one count of first-degree robbery of an individual who allegedly had a gun held to his head after withdrawing money from an ATM in Ames on July 26 -- just five days before the Hancock Country party robbery.

 

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