16th conviction could put man behind bars for up to 32 years

Trish Mehaffey
Published: December 16 2013 | 3:48 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:55 am in
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A Cedar Rapids man may face up to 32 years in prison after racking up his 10th burglary conviction in a retrial last week, which makes for his 16th overall conviction.

A jury found Darrell Bolden, 52, guilty in less than two hours of felony second-degree attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools, an aggravated misdemeanor. The charges total up to seven years but he could be sentenced up to 17  years for this conviction and up to 15 years on his previous conviction if the state proves he's a habitual offender.

The hearing to determine his sentencing is set Feb. 3, in Linn County District Court.

Bolden attempted to break into a woman's home in August 2012 and was found at the house when police arrived within minutes of the 911 call, according to testimony.

Bolden's first trial in August on these charges ended in a mistrial because the jury foreperson, Christie Arnold, didn't show up for the second day of deliberations. All the other jurors showed up to deliberate but the foreperson said she overslept and didn't show up  until four hours later. Bolden objected to using one of the alternates, so the judge had no choice but to declare  a mistrial. The foreperson was found in contempt of court and was sentenced to community service.

Bolden was convicted of his ninth burglary in May when he was found guilty of second-degree attempted burglary.

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