Fort Madison teen pleads guilty in armed robbery

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – A 17-year-old Fort Madison boy pleaded guilty on Friday to armed robbery in connection with the robbery of a Fort Madison convenience store in January.

Dameyon Virgil, pled guilty in North Lee County court on Wednesday to 2nd degree robbery in front of District Judge Mary Ann Brown. Virgil was tried as an adult in the case after a request to move to juvenile court was denied. Under Iowa Code 2nd degree robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Assistant Lee County Attorney Ross Braden, who prosecuted the case, said since the case was handled in adult court, the state will be looking for prison time for Virgil. However because Virgil still is a juvenile, state law allows for probation in lieu of the prison sentence.

The charges were the result of a Jan. 7th armed robbery at Garner Oil.

Virgil is also facing in sentencing on Dec. 11 stemming from a conviction on a charge of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, a case also being handled in adult court in Burlington. Virgil is still being held in the Lee County Jail. A $25,000 10% allowed bond was set by Associate District Judge Ty Rogers on Nov. 3. Sentencing was set for Jan. 12.

Another Fort Madison man, Noah Gasaway, 18, has also been charged in the case. Gasaway was arrested by Fort Madison police on Nov. 1 and charged with first-degree robbery. He is in custody in the Lee County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The case is scheduled for a bond review on Dec. 1.

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