Man accused in shooting gets 2 suspended sentences

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 19, 2010 7:30 AM

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An 18-year-old accused of shooting an Iowa City man outside the now-closed Los Cocos bar has accepted a plea agreement, said assistant Johnson County prosecutor Deb Minot.

According to court documents, Bernard Butler and Cortez Parker were at Los Cocos, 1921 Keokuk St., on Aug. 9, 2009, when Butler allegedly became intoxicated and shot the accuser. Parker sustained serious injury.

Minot said Butler pleaded guilty to going armed with intent as well as intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Each is a Class D felony. The parties agreed that each offense would carry a sentence of five years and that each would be suspended. Instead, Butler will be put on probation and will serve a sentence at the Hope House in Coralville.

— by Sam Lane

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