Two Ottumwa residents have been accused of burglary and assault, according to the Ottumwa Police Department.
According to court documents, on April 5, 2020, 28 year old Anthony Dean Lankford and 25 year old Alexies Irene Meier participated in a burglary on a residence on S. Milner Ave in Ottumwa. The complaint states that the pair entered the victim’s residence while the victim was present, after disabling a home security camera system. Upon entry to the residence, the pair allegedly proceeded to assault the victim with their hands, feet, and a wooden chair, knocking the victim unconscious as well as breaking bones in the victim’s face which required surgery. The victim also had bruising around the neck from being strangled. The pair then allegedly stole cell phones and keys from the victim.
As a result of the investigation into the aforementioned allegations, Lankford and Meier were both charged with 1st Degree Burglary, a B Class Felony, and Assault While Participating in a Felony, a C Class Felony. Both were placed in the Wapello County Jail. In Iowa, a B Class Felony carries a maximum potential sentence of 25 years in prison, while a C Class Felony carries a potential of 10 years in prison and a fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.