Court Cases

By: News Release
Jul 5th, 2018

The Clayton County Attorney’s Office reports that 10 defendants have been sent to prison for crimes committed in Clayton County. 8 of the 10 defendants have been sent to State Prison and the remaining 2 defendants were sent to Federal Prison. An 11th defendant lost an appeal but did not serve prison time on the underlying case. Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens provided the following details:

Jager Joseph Beck, 23, of Elkader, was sentenced to a 5 year prison term after being adjudged guilty of lascivious acts with a child, a class D felony. In addition to the prison sentence, the defendant was committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term of ten years with that sentence commencing at the end of the sentence for the underlying offense with supervision as if on parole.

Donald Joseph Boyce, 59, of North Buena Vista, was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison. The defendant pled guilty to possessing ammunition as a felon in Clayton County. The court recommended that the defendant participate in the Bureau of Prisons’ 500-Hour Comprehensive Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program and ordered supervision for three years after completion of the prison sentence. The defendant was also found guilty in state court of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and was sentenced to serve 42 days in jail and pay a fine of $1,250 plus a 35% surcharge, $10 DARE fee, and all court costs.

Walter Henry Brown, 75, of Edgewood, was sentenced a 2 year prison term for assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor. The court ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender and pay a civil penalty of $250.00. The defendant was also given a ten year special sentence to begin after the completion of the prison sentence with supervision as if on parole.

John Henry Burgin, 30, of Strawberry Point, received a 10 year prison sentence for 3rd degree sexual abuse and was also committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for the rest of his life for parole supervision. The defendant was further ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay a civil penalty of $250.00.

Marcus Lee King, 23, of Waukon, was sentenced to serve a prison term of 4 years after his probation was revoked. In 2016 the defendant was convicted of indecent contact with a child and telephone dissemination of obscene materials to a minor and initially placed on probation. Multiple probation violation reports were filed alleging the defendant did acts violating his probation terms on 15 separate occasions. The court revoked the defendant’s probation and imposed the maximum prison sentence on each count to run consecutively to each other.   

Tyler Michael Koehler, 21, of Monona, was sentenced to serve 3 years in federal prison for attempting to commit a robbery at Freedom Bank in Monona on June 9, 2017. The defendant walked to the drive up window and passed multiple notes to the teller demanding money and the keys to a vehicle and threatening to blow up the building if the police were called. Sheriff Mike Tschirgi was the first on the scene and arrested the defendant immediately upon his arrival. The defendant must serve a 3 year term of supervised release after the 3 year prison term.


Levi Austin Moll, 25, of Colesburg, was sentenced to serve a 5 year prison term for burglary in the 3rd degree. The defendant was convicted of breaking into a gas station with two other individuals and stealing beer and cigarettes. While on probation for this crime the defendant was charged and convicted in Delaware County with burglary in the 2nd degree. The defendant received a 10 year prison sentence in Delaware County along with the 5 year sentence in Clayton County.  

Jacob James Nehl, 22, of McGregor, was sentenced to serve a prison term of 5 years after being found guilty of forgery and theft while on probation for failure to register as a sex offender. The defendant was alleged to have violated the terms of his probation on 19 separate occasions concluding with being convicted of forging a check in order to steal $500.

Travis Charles Nierling, 46, of Monona, had his conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated affirmed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The defendant alleged that the anonymous tip provided to Clayton County Sheriff Department was unreliable. In a unanimous opinion, the Court of Appeals found that “Nierling incorrectly characterizes the tip as anonymous. . . . the informant identified herself by name and provided her phone number and address. She was not an anonymous tipster, and the identification alone was an indicator of reliability.”  The Court also noted that the tipster “claimed eyewitness knowledge of the alleged dangerous driving” and gave the dispatcher a detailed description of the car Nierling was driving, including the license plate number, and observed Nierling as he got into his car and left.”

Jill Marie Schroeder, 40, of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, was sentenced to a term of not more than 20 years in prison for theft and forgery and violating her probation for burglary and forgery as a habitual offender. The defendant has also previously been convicted of multiple felonies in Crawford County, Wisconsin. She received a 15 year prison sentence with a 3 year mandatory minimum for the habitual offender probation violation and an additional 5 years for the new convictions along with a requirement to pay full victim restitution and all court costs and special surcharges.

Eric Richard Shafer, 32, of North Buena Vista, was sentenced to serve a prison sentence not to exceed 12 years after being found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing marijuana, and burglary in the 3rd degree. The defendant broke into the concession stand at the North Buena Vista Ball Park on or about February 28, 2018 and manufactured methamphetamine inside of it. The defendant was transferred to the Oakdale Medical and Classification Center for prison placement after spending nearly 106 days in the Clayton County Jail.



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