Two men were sentenced to prison today for their roles in the break-in at the farm home of Congressman Leonard Boswell. Twenty-year-old David Dewberry and 19-year-old Cody Rollins admitted to going to the congressman’s rural home near Lamoni last July to rob him.
Dewberry wore a mask and carried a B.B. gun, but fled the home after Boswell’s grandson got a shotgun and pointed it at him. Rollins drove the getaway car.
Dewberry was sentenced to no more than 25-years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery. Cody Rollins was sentenced to not more than 10 years for his guilty plea of aiding and abetting an attempted burglary.
Boswell’s wife Dody was friends with Dewberry’s mother, and the Boswell family released a statement after the sentencing directed to Dewberry.
See the statement below:
The Boswell family impact statement:
It is with heavy heart that we write this. We are pleased that you have decided to do the honorable thing by pleading guilty to your crime and accepting your punishment after committing the terror that you put our family through that summer night.
What makes the whole matter most frightful and disgusting to us is that we once welcomed you into our home. However, we will not let you or anyone else turn us into a bunch of fearful cynics – that simply isn’t in our nature and we won’t change now.
While we understand that you have had a tough and tumultuous life, it is simply no excuse and your actions have no place in a civilized society. Your sinister motives and plan were appalling; it is by God’s grace that no one was seriously injured. We hope that you realize how lucky you are that you weren’t killed that night.
All this said, we believe that God has a plan for you and this isn’t it. We hope that during your incarceration you can find peace in your life, that then you can find the virtue of good judgment, and from there find the righteous path.