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Jandreau trial jury verdict: Guilty of all charges

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Plymouth County District Court Jury Monday found a Le Mars man guilty on seven charges, including breaking into a Le Mars home March 2 and assaulting a Le Mars girl.

The verdict reached by the jury just before 9 p.m. Monday after less than an hour of deliberation ended a five-day trial for Matthew R. Jandreau.

Jurors found Jandreau, 20, guilty of burglary in the first degree; kidnapping in the third degree and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse causing bodily injury.

He was also found guilty of attempted burglary in the second degree; operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent; criminal mischief and operating while intoxicated.

The verdict was signed by Bryon J. Jelken, jury foreman.

The jury also set the value of items damaged from the criminal mischief at more than $500, but less than $1,000.

A date to sentence Jandreau has not been set by a judge, according to the clerk of court's office Tuesday.

Trial had been delayed several times at the request of Jandreau's attorney and a pre-sentence investigation was requested prior to the trial.

He remains in the Plymouth County Jail where he has been held since his arrest March 2.

After the jury verdict, a judge issued an order which denies Jandreau the opportunity to be released on bond.

Jandreau's trial before Judge Jeffrey Neary began with jury selection Nov. 13. Final arguments in the case were presented to the jury Monday afternoon.

The Le Mars man was arrested March 2 after the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office Communication Center received a 911 call at 9:55 a.m. on March 2 from someone in a home near downtown Le Mars.

A communication center dispatcher could hear a female screaming on the phone, police reported.

Officers from the Le Mars Police and Plymouth County Sheriff's Office responded along with Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper.

Jandreau was accused of breaking into the house and grabbing the phone away from the girl who was age 11, before forcing her into the basement of the home.

She was the only person in the home and was not in school because she was ill, police reported.

Witnesses testified at the trial last week about a man who caused a disturbance at the Le Mars Truck Stop, on Business Highway 75 South. He left on foot and later took a van from a residence, according to testimony during the trial.

The crime spree Jandreau was accused of committing continued east of the truck stop with the theft of a purse and an attempted break-in at a house, witnesses told the jury.

Jandreau's defense included testimony from his family members and statements that his actions on March 2 were not intentional.

The case was prosecuted by Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond. Jandreau was represented by Mike Williams, of Sioux City.

Neither attorney was available to comment on the jury verdict by press time today (Tuesday).

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