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John William Burgess - May 28, 2014

John William Burgess
, 44, of 222 S Franklin Street, Apt 1, Manchester, Iowa, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, on February 25, 2014, in the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County.

Burgess was sentenced to a prison term of 10 years and a fine of $1,000.00 on April 8, 2014.  The prison term was suspended and Burgess was placed on probation supervision for a period of two to five years on the corrections continuum with placement at the Dubuque Residential Facility for a period of one year or maximum benefits.  Burgess must also pay $125 Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge, $10 Drug Abuse Resistance Education Surcharge, court costs, restitution for court-appointed attorney fees, and his license to drive will be revoked for 180 days and he must submit to DNA profiling.

Jessica Marie Pirtle, Anthony Wayne Pirtle, Zachary Wayne Pirtle, Booker James Melver, John William Burgess, Matthew Scot Davis and Addie Madesta Craver were charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine on August 20, 2013, at 855 Prospect Street, Lamont, Iowa.  Jessica Marie Pirtle pled guilty and received a deferred judgment on April 1, 2014.  Zachary Wayne Pirtle pled guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on January 28, 2014.  Booker James Melver pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 20, 2014.  Addie Madesta Craver pled guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison on February 4, 2014.

Matthew Scot Davis and Anthony Wayne Pirtle are awaiting trial which is currently scheduled to begin on June 25, 2014. A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

See official Buchanan County Attorney's Press Release.