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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 25 years for crime spree

Brent Rodgers
Brent Rodgers

A Cedar Rapids man who went on a brief crime spree during the summer, which ended after breaking into a home and threatening a woman with a machete and gun, was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison.

Brent Rodgers, 28, pleaded guilty in November in Linn County District Court to forgery and third-degree robbery. In December, he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, going armed with intent and assault while participating in a felony while in possession of a dangerous weapon.

Rodgers admitted during those hearings he robbed a passenger in a car by pointing a gun at him and demanding money, forging checks at stores and breaking into a house on the southwest side and assaulting a woman. He acknowledged pointing a gun at her and threatening her with a machete.

Assistant Linn County Attorney Rene Schulte said Rodgers was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison. He must serve five years before being eligible for parole.

Schulte said the burglary changed the victim’s life because she was traumatized after walking into her house and finding Rodgers standing in her living room with a machete and a gun. Rodgers started assaulting her and wanted her to go with him upstairs, but she fought back. She used a vacuum attachment, until he slammed her to the floor.

The woman, Schulte said, then pleaded with Rodgers to leave. He finally left after locking the woman in her bathroom. She had only minor bruises and cuts on her hands but the couple, in a victim impact statement, said the incident had long-term effects. The couple sold their home because they didn’t feel safe there anymore.

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