Public Safety

Tipton man pleads to lesser charges in robbery, shooting last summer

Deondre Handley
Deondre Handley

IOWA CITY — A Tipton man pleaded guilty Friday to lesser charges in the shooting of a man during a robbery last year.

Deondre Handley, 26, originally charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to second-degree robbery and willful injury resulting in serious injury.

Handley admitted to shooting Jerlon Wilkins with specific intent to cause serious injury.

Wilkins had been sitting in the front passenger seat of a car Handley was driving July 28.

Handley also admitted to committing a robbery during the incident.

A criminal complaint states Handley was driving a Chevrolet Impala around 11:07 p.m. in the area of Sandusky Drive and Keokuk Street. Wilkins told police he was shot in the back of the head, as he looked out a window.

Wilkins told police Handley then stopped the car and he got out. When he looked back in the car, he could see Handley pointing a small, black handgun with a laser at him.  

Police said Handley ordered Wilkins to take off his pants, give them to him and not tell anyone about the incident. Wilkins then walked to a home in the 1000 block of Sandusky Drive to ask for help.

Handley took a pair of jeans, a cellphone, brown Nike shoes and $300 cash from Wilkins, police said.

Handley faces 10 years on the robbery charge and 10 years on the willful injury.

Prosecutors will ask the judge to run sentences consecutively, for 20 years in prison. The defense will ask to have the sentences run concurrently for 10 years.

Sentencing is set for May 21.

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