A Douglas County judge on Friday ordered a 25-year-old Eudora man to serve a 44-month prison sentence for a March incident at the Days Inn, 730 Iowa.
Aaron Jacob Coates had pleaded to conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, aggravated assault, felony theft and criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Prosecutors in April initially filed an aggravated robbery charge against Coates and accused him of using a knife to participate in a robbery of about $1,500 from a 32-year-old man on March 5. The man testified at an April preliminary hearing that Coates had accused him of wearing a wire for law enforcement and that he was struck in the face later when another co-defendant, Melanie Spanky Faye Brooks, 24, took money from him. The gun charge was added from a separate case that was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Coates apologized Friday in court for using methamphetamine at the time of the incident.
District Judge Michael Malone agreed with defense attorney’s request to give Coates concurrent sentences on three of the charges, but he ordered Coates to serve eight months on the firearm charge consecutive to the other 36 months in prison.
“I don’t want any convicted felons possessing a firearm,” Malone said.
Coates will receive credit for four months that he has spent in jail.