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Charles City woman pleads guilty to reduced charges in assault and theft cases

By Bob Steenson, bsteenson@charlescitypress.com

A Charles City woman who was charged with robbery, theft, false imprisonment and ongoing criminal conduct has pleaded guilty to several charges.

Tressa Jo Lloyd, age 32, has signed a written plea of guilty to the ongoing criminal conduct charge and several reduced charges, and other charges will be dismissed.

As part of the agreement, the Floyd County Attorney’s Office will recommend that all prison time be suspended and Lloyd be placed on probation.

Charles City woman pleads guilty to reduced charges in assault and theft cases
Tressa Lloyd

District Court Judge DeDra Schroeder accepted the plea last week and set sentencing for Nov. 23. A judge is not required to follow plea agreement sentencing recommendations.

The criminal complaints initially filed in the case alleged that Lloyd intentionally pointed a dangerous weapon toward another person in a threatening manner on Feb. 22 this year as part of a theft and assault that also involved Christopher Harris and Vontrel Middleton.

It also alleges that Lloyd was involved with Harris and Middleton on Feb. 27 in an incident where a person was threatened, assaulted and held against his will while he was robbed of his cash, credit cards and phone.

It also alleges that on March 1, Lloyd used an online dating app to invite a man to her residence where she, Harris and Middleton assaulted and robbed the man and held him against his will for about 30 minutes before he was able to escape and run away.

All three persons were charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony; two counts of second-degree robbery, Class C felonies; second-degree theft, a Class D felony; ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony; and false imprisonment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Lloyd pleaded guilty to ongoing criminal conduct, the most serious of the charges, and also pleaded guilty to other reduced charges.

The first-degree robbery charge was reduced to willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony; a second-degree robbery charge was reduced to willful injury causing bodily injury, a Class D felony; and another second-degree robbery charge was reduced to assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The charges of second-degree theft and false imprisonment will be dismissed.

As part of the agreement, the Floyd County Attorney’s Office will recommend no jail time but probation for five years and placement at Beje Clark in Mason City or a similar residential facility as a condition of probation.

It will recommend a sentence of up to 25 years, fully suspended, on the charge of ongoing criminal conduct; and sentences of up to two years and up to five years in prison, each fully suspended, on the other charges; as well as various fines and surcharges, all fully suspended; a no-contact order for all victims for five years; paying restitution; as well as other fees, costs and provisions.

Harris, age 29, also of Charles City, had pleaded guilty in June to the same charges that Lloyd has now pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced to essentially the same suspended jail time and fines, and five years probation that has been recommended as part of Lloyd’s plea deal.

A statewide arrest warrant is in effect for Middleton, age 19, of Charles City.

As part of Lloyd’s and Harris’ plea agreements they will also be required to testify against Middleton.

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