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Little Rock Man’s Terrorism Conviction Set Aside By Iowa Court Of Appeals

justice scales balanceSioux City, Iowa — A Little Rock man’s conviction on charges of making terroristic threats has been overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Fifty-nine-year-old Arend Dean DeBoer of Little Rock was sentenced in June 2012 for the crime of Threat of Terrorism, a Class D Felony.

The initial complaint was filed in November of 2011. It states that DeBoer contacted the Farm Service Agency office in Rock Rapids by phone and stated to an employee of the FSA office that he wanted to blow up both the court and the employee. DeBoer stated to the employee that he didn’t mind sitting in jail for this.

DeBoer was sentenced to 15 years in prison with a minimum mandatory of 3 years to be served.

DeBoer appealed and the Iowa Court Of Appeals says that while his threats were intimidating, there was not enough evidence to show that they were imminent. The requirement that the threats appear to be imminent is part of the Iowa law regarding terrorism.

DeBoer had also been convicted of Second Degree Harassment.

The conviction on the charge of Terrorism was reversed, but the Appeals Court sent the harassment charge back to a Lyon County judge to see if there is enough evidence for a conviction on that charge.

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