An 18-year-old Virginia Beach, Virginia man and his mother pleaded with anIowa judge today, asking for a lighter sentence for a September, 1998 crimespree which wounded a northcentral Iowa deputy. Jake Giles pled guilty tocharges of attempted murder and second degree robbery. Giles robbed a videostore in Manly, then shot Deputy Chris Myers during a chase near Kensett. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Doug Hammeran says Giles fired 14 shotsduring the chase. Giles spoke to the judge, saying he realizes what he didwas “senseless and inexcusable.” District Court Judge James Drew wasn’tswayed, handing down the maximum sentence: 35 years in prison on the twocharges.The judge said Giles is lucky the deputy lived, or Gile would be spending notjust 35 years but the rest of his life in prison. Under manditory minimumsentencing guidelines, Giles must spend at least 85 percent of his sentencebefore becoming eligible for parole.
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