Cedar Rapids teen faces 15 years for drug robbery, assault last year

Incident occurred in parking lot at St. Jude's Catholic Church

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A 19-year-old who shot another man during a robbery over a drug deal last year pleaded to lesser charges Wednesday in Linn County District Court.

DMontrey R. Redmond of Cedar Rapids, who was 17 at the time of the incident, pleaded to amended charges of second-degree robbery, reckless use of a firearm causing bodily injury and trafficking in stolen firearms. He was originally charged with attempted murder, but that charge will be dismissed at sentencing.

Sixth Judicial District Senior Judge Thomas Koehler said Redmond faces up to 20 years in prison. There is no mandatory term because Redmond is a juvenile.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said he will ask the court at sentencing to run the five-year term for reckless use of a firearm concurrently to the 10-year term on the second-degree robbery charge, and that the five years on the trafficking charge to be run consecutively, for a total of 15 years in prison.

Maybanks said also as part of the plea agreement, he won’t forward the gun charges against Redmond to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who usually takes federal jurisdiction over firearms charges.

Koehler also told Redmond he will be ordered to pay $290 for crime victim’s restitution and $1,761 in restitution to St. Jude’s Catholic Church, where the incident occurred, in accordance with the plea agreement. One of the utility poles was damaged.

During the hearing, Redmond admitted to robbing and assaulting Alexander Ledvina, 18, during a drug deal in the parking lot of St. Jude’s Jan. 27, 2015. He also admitted to discharging a gun, but said he didn’t intentionally shoot Ledvina, who was injured during the robbery.

Redmond also admitted to possessing a 9 mm stolen handgun and that he knew it was stolen.

A search warrant affidavit shows Redmond was with another man, Jordan McCool, who was going to buy $290 of marijuana from Ledvina.

Ledvina, who was in his car, told investigators that he tried to drive away, but Redmond, who was outside the car, jumped into the car and shot him as the two were fighting, according to the affidavit. Ledvina then crashed his car, and Redmond and the other man ran away before Ledvina called 911.

Ledvina was treated for gunshot wounds to his right forearm and his right and left thighs, court documents show.

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