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Allison given 20 years for home invasion

Last Modified: Saturday, December 08, 2012 1:45 AM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

An Iowa man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for his role in a 2010 home invasion.

Cody Allison, 22, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated burglary in February. He and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with armed robbery with a firearm and attempted second-degree murder when they were arrested in 2010.

Prosecutor Dave Palay told the court the charges were amended to aggravated burglary because of Allison’s age — he was 19 at the time of the crime — and to avoid further trauma to the victims.

He asked the court to give Allison the full 30 years the charge carries because he had already been “given a break.”

In a tearful victim impact statement Friday, a female resident of the mobile home said Allison and the juvenile kicked the door to the home in and that he “ruined our life and we don’t feel safe. We’re scared.”

Because she was crying, some of her statement was not understandable.

A male resident of the home said Allison shot him in the neck, then held a gun to his head and demanded money. Allison then put a gun “to my kids’ heads,” the man said.

Allison and the juvenile stole money and items from the home, the man said. “Regardless of where we are, it will always be in my mind,” he said.

Allison and the juvenile cut phone lines and stole the victims’ cellphones, testimony revealed.

Allison said he was sorry for the crime and the hurt that it caused. He said he was on drugs at the time, but acknowledged that it was his choice to do the drugs.

He also said, though, that he had purchased the drugs from the male victim and had gone to the home to reclaim property.

Because of that claim, Palay had the victim sworn in and asked him if he had sold Allison drugs. The man said he had never sold Allison drugs.

Sanity commission ordered for Doucet

A sanity commission was ordered Friday for a Baytown, Texas, man accused of the attempted first-degree murder of two Lake Charles police officers during a November car chase.

A sanity hearing for Jeffery Todd Doucet, 40, was set for April 10, and a trial date was set for July 11. Doucet pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Doucet, who is being held on $1.16 million bond, is also charged with running a clandestine drug lab in relation to a 2010 meth lab explosion at a lakefront hotel.

Pretrial date set in Fall Street death

A May 16 pretrial conference was set for Desmyne Joseph Henry.

Henry, 22, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the June 25 shooting death of 31-year-old Domingo Elizalde MiJangos on Fall Street.

Four people were charged with first-degree murder, but a grand jury indicted only Henry.

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