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Collins Man Faces 17 Years Following OWI Conviction

Posted on 31 March 2016 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Attorney’s office has released information on a jury trial that occurred in Boone County this week.  According to the press release, on March 30, 2016, a Boone County jury in the Boone County Courthouse found Deshaun Williams, 38, of Collins, Iowa, guilty of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated in violation of Iowa Code section 321J.2.  In follow up trials that day, the jury also found that this was Deshaun Williams’ 3rd or Subsequent Offense of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated making his charge a Class D Felony.  Since Deshaun Williams has been convicted of two or more felonies the jury found that he is a Habitual Offender.  In all Mr. Williams faces up to 17 years in prison for his offenses with a mandatory minimum of three years.

On December 15, 2015 about 2:43 am, a concerned resident called the Boone County Dispatch Center reporting a vehicle driving erratically on the road.  The caller followed the vehicle on Highway 30 seeing the vehicle drive “all over the road” with speeds varying from 35 mph to 75 mph.  Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded and observed the vehicle parked at an intersection without its lights on.  Deputies made contact with the driver; they identified as Deshaun Williams.  Deputies observed that Mr. Williams displayed signs of intoxication.  Deshaun Williams told the Deputies he did not know where he was and thought he was parked in a driveway.  Mr. Williams refused to take any of the field sobriety tests or any further testing.  The Deputies handling the investigation noticed obvious signs of impairment and arrested Mr. Williams for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and for Driving While Barred because his driver’s license was barred. Court records show Williams was too intoxicated to see a judge the next morning for an initial appearance, having a .181 BAC level.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on March 30, 2016, finding Deshaun Williams guilty of both counts (1) Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated 3rd or Subsequent Offense as Habitual Offender having two or more prior felonies and (2) Driving While Barred.

Following conviction, the State asked the Court to hold the defendant in custody pending sentencing. Citing the defendant’s long criminal history, level of intoxication, and the possible danger to the public highways. The Court ultimately decided to allow the defendant to stay out of custody on his $5,000 bond.

According to Iowa Courts Online Deshaun Williams was previously convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated eight (8) times over the past 16 years.  Iowa Courts Online also shows that Deshaun Williams has been found guilty of five (5) prior felonies with four (4) of those Felony Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Assistant Boone County Attorney, Matt Speers, tried the case on behalf of the State of Iowa for the prosecution.  Deshaun Williams was defended by a local attorney.  The sentencing hearing will be held sometime in the next six weeks.  The maximum penalty for Deshaun Williams’ convictions is up to 17 years in prison with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Deshaun Williams, 38, of Collins, Iowa

Deshaun Williams, 38, of Collins, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(contributed article and photo Boone County Attorney)

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