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Teen gets prison for bringing gun to school

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:08 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2014 10:17 a.m. CST

WATERLOO (MCT) — A former Dunkerton High School student was sentenced to prison Monday for bringing a loaded firearm to school.

Mar’yo Lindsey Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison for carrying weapons, five years for being in possession of a firearm as a felon and two years in prison being in possession of a firearm on school grounds. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Lindsey was also given credit for time served on a count of possession of marijuana.

Lindsey said little during the hearing. His attorney, Matthew Hoffey, said Lindsey was a young man who made a serious mistake. He asked the sentence be suspended.

"No one was ever threatened with this weapon, it was never displayed," Hoffey said.

Assistant County Attorney Peter Blink pointed out Lindsey had been sentenced under similar charges in juvenile court.

"This defendant continues to surround himself with firearms when he shouldn't," Blink said.

Judge David Staudt agreed, and noted the juvenile weapons possession case was adjudicated just a year before a August 2013 incident involving Lindsey.

Lindsey played for the Dunkerton football team, and authorities said he brought a long-barreled Ruger Single Six revolver to an away game inside a backpack that was stored in his school-issued gear bag in August. He became injured during the game at Riceville and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

School officials took Lindsey's bag back to school, where they found the weapon loaded with one round. Also in the bag was marijuana, rolling papers and a plastic bag labeled "Maryo" containing a cell phone.

"Clearly you're not getting the point," Staudt said. "You got a heck of a break even then."

Blink said a prison term would send a message to the community that has a "plague of violence."

Lindsey's friends and family packed the courtroom for the hearing. His father, Mar'yo Lindsey Sr., agreed that some people need an example of consequences for their actions, but added the state found the wrong target.

"I've seen people do worse and not go to prison," said Lindsey Sr., adding his son had no intention of harming anyone.

"I just feel he would have had a chance on probation," Lindsey said.

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