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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 could spend up to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery for actions stemming from a rural Hancock County party last July.

Isaiah Lewis was sentenced to 25 years, five of which are a mandatory minimum, Hancock County Attorney Blake Norman told the Globe Gazette Tuesday. 

"Because the appeal period hasn’t run on it ... I won’t comment on it," he said of his reaction to the sentence.

Barbara Westphal, Lewis' attorney, could not be reached for comment via phone or email Tuesday.

Lewis pleaded guilty in December. He told Judge Rustin Davenport he possessed a gun on July 31, and intended to use it if his victims didn't comply.

According to court records, Lewis and Kyren-Ray Daniel Valentine, 20, both attended the party. Lewis tapped one person on the shoulder with a AR15 rifle, and told him and another individual to empty their pockets.

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

When convicted of first-degree robbery in Iowa, adults typically have to serve a mandatory minimum of 17-and-a-half years on a 25-year maximum sentence, but Lewis is a juvenile because he is under 18.

Valentine, after initially pleading guilty, will head to trial facing a first-degree robbery charge, according to court records. His trial is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Feb. 21 in Hancock County District Court. 

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