BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – A South Lee County jury has convicted a Montrose man of 1st-degree robbery and burglary charges in connection with a May incident in rural Lee County,
Skyler Dwayne Stark, 32, of Montrose was found guilty in a South Lee County Courtroom Friday on the charges in connection with a theft a white Oldsmobile from a rural county home.
He also had warrants out of Keokuk for robbery and caused a five-day search by local law enforcement to determine his whereabouts. The investigation stems from and was lead by Keokuk police with help of several other law enforcement agencies.
The large-scale search resulted in a coordinated capture of Stark at a gas station in West Point on May 14. As a result of the search and capture of Stark, authorities were able to execute search warrants and made several other arrests in connection with harboring Stark for several days.
Lee County Attorney Ross Braden said the convictions are Class B felonies and both carry a 25-year prison term. Sentencing will be held at a future date.
Lee County Assistant attorneys Jonathan Stensvaag and Kym Auge prosecuted the case. Gordon Liles represented Stark during the trial that began on Tuesday and went to the jury Thursday afternoon. Eighth District Judge Michael Schilling presided over the case.
“This man was certainly a blight on the area,” Braden said. “Jonathan and Kym did a great job with this case and getting this conviction.”