An Iowa man accused of assault, burglary and criminal mischief at a Blair home accepted a plea agreement May 7 in Washington County District Court.
Spencer A. Petersen, 22, of Shelby pleaded no contest to burglary, a Class 2A felony; and terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony. Four other charges were dismissed as part of the agreement.
The state has recommended a sentence of three to six years in prison.
Judge John E. Samson ordered a presentence investigation and a substance abuse evaluation. Sentencing is set for July 2.
Petersen was arrested Feb. 13 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to an affidavit, on Dec. 31, a Blair woman reported that someone had thrown a rock through a window in her home while she was asleep on her living room couch. The house is located in the 1400 block of Lincoln Street. Someone had also slashed the tires on the woman's vehicle.
Prior to the incident, Petersen had texted the woman. After a report was taken, the woman texted Petersen, who offered to come to her residence. The woman declined, telling him a friend and her father were there.
Petersen became angry, according to the report and made threats to “shoot” the friend.
Later that night, Petersen showed up at the woman's house holding a tire iron. The woman tried to push Petersen out the door, but he pushed back, hitting the bridge of her nose with the tire iron.
He went into the living room where the woman's friend was and began yelling at him. Petersen then swung the tire iron at him. The man was not hit.
When Petersen left the house, he used the tire iron to hit the windshield of the man's car. He also hit the side windows before leaving the area. The woman immediately called police.
On Jan. 6, a person reported seeing an unknown person striking a vehicle parked near the woman's house. The person was driving a white or light-colored pickup truck.
The person who reported the incident followed the vehicle, which traveled east on U.S. Highway 30 toward Iowa.
An officer found the vehicle and followed it over the Missouri River Bridge before conducting a traffic stop. The officer called for assistance from the Harrison County (Iowa) Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Petersen, who initially denied being involved in the incident.
However, the passenger of the vehicle told the deputy he witnessed Petersen smash a vehicle with an ax.