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Iowa wrestlers face burglary charges

The recent arrest of three University of Iowa wrestlers on burglary charges has undoubtedly come as a shock to many people in the state. It is important to keep in mind that the young men in question are entitled to a presumption of innocence unless and until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Marion police and the Linn County Attorney's Office claim the three men, all 19-years-old, burglarized several garages and vehicles during the night of March 17-18. Police responded to a call regarding a suspected burglary in progress and received a description of a vehicle that was allegedly seen leaving the location. They spotted the vehicle, pulled it over and allegedly found stolen property inside.

The three men face a number of charges, including felony burglary of an occupied building and conspiracy to commit a felony. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. One of the men was charged with interfering with officers after he allegedly fought with them. All three were charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

Iowa law treats burglary of an occupied building more seriously than burglary of an unoccupied building. Because the garages in question here were attached to residences, the three men face felony charges which could result in prison sentences of up to five years. All three men were kicked off the wrestling team after the arrests.

Anyone charged with a crime has the right to defend against the charges in court. In many cases, a thorough examination of the prosecution's case will turn up weaknesses that give rise to reasonable doubt.

Source: KCRG.com, "Iowa wrestlers kicked off team after burglary charges filed," Lee Hermiston, May 4, 2015

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