Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 5 years for his 15th burglary conviction

Trish Mehaffey
Published: April 7 2014 | 3:28 pm - Updated: 8 April 2014 | 8:07 am in Linn County,

A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced for his 15th burglary conviction Monday in Linn County District Court.

Darrell Bolden, 52, who was just sentenced last month to 15 years as a habitual offender on a separate burglary charge, was sentenced Monday to another five years to run consecutively with the 15 for a total of 20 years in prison.

Bolden was convicted in a retrial last December in this case for second-degree attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools in 2012. This case had to be retried because in the first trial the jury foreperson didn't show up for the second day of deliberations so it ended in a mistrial.

His 15-year sentence was from a another second-degree attempted burglary of a garage in 2012 and he was convicted in September 2013.

"I've never seen a laundry list of offenses like this...in my career," Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said. "He is a career criminal. Society deserves to be protected from Darrell Bolden."

Vander Sanden said Bolden has never shown any remorse for his crimes and he deserved the maximum time.

Bolden's attorney, Wallace Taylor, said Bolden had significant mental health and substance abuse issues and prison wouldn't be the place to receive serious treatment. He argued that the sentences in this case should run concurrently to the 15 years in the other case.

Bolden said Vander Sanden's claim that he made a career out of victimizing people - "that's not me." He regrets the bad choices he has made. He's not a violent person and the recent incidents were a result of his mental issues.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Sean McPartland said he considered his lengthy criminal history and his mental health and substance abuse issues in determining this sentence. He advised Bolden to make use of the available mental health and substance abuse treatment offered in prison.


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