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Newton woman pleads guilty, receives four years probation

Charges downgraded to assault with a dangerous weapon

Roselea Procenko
Roselea Procenko

Roselea Procenko, the Newton woman charged with two counts of attempted murder in a bicycle hit and run last year in Newton, has changed her plea to guilty.

Procenko, 24, was also facing first-degree burglary and assault, as well as assault on an officer in the June 2018 case. After her appearance Monday in Jasper County Court, all four counts were amended to assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated misdemeanors.

Procenko pleaded guilty to the counts and District Court Judge Terry Rickers sentenced her to four years probation. According to court documents, the judge initially sentenced Procenko to eight years in prison, two years for each count, but Rickers suspended the prison sentence in favor of probation.

Jasper County Attorney Scott Nicholson said the main reason for the change was Procenko’s positive progress in therapy and rehabilitation.

“The biggest reason is Miss Procenko has done so well in her recovery that she deserves a shot at probation at this point,” Nicholson said. “Nobody was seriously injured in these cases.”

Since she has been put on pre-trial release last October, Procenko went through electronic monitoring, attended substance abuse and mental health treatments.

With all of that in consideration, Nicholson felt lessening the charges was necessary and the most he was able to pursue was eight years in prison. Nicholson said if she violates her probation, she could go back to that eight-year prison sentence.

“It’s all on her,” Nicholson said. “If she doesn’t make probation, I’ll send her to prison. I have no problem.”

Procenko originally had a pretrial conference scheduled for Monday and a jury trial set for March 20, but District Court Judge Randy Hefner removed those dates from the calendar.

She was arrested in June 2018 but was granted her pre-trial release from Jasper County Jail in October. Prior to that, Procenko was held on a $175,000 bond after her initial court appearance.

The Newton Daily News previously reported Procenko received her charges after allegedly striking bicyclists in the 500 block of East 14th Street North in Newton. She was also charged with first-degree burglary after the Newton police were called to the now demolished Mid-Iowa Motel, 1803 First Ave. E., due to a report of a break-in and linked it to Procenko.

The victim said she was in her room when she heard a noise coming from the doorknob. Procenko allegedly forced her way into the victim’s hotel room and swung a half-moon-shaped, flat knife with a serrated edge on one side at her, backing her into a corner.

The victim said Procenko continued to swing the knife and reportedly kept repeating she was going to kill her, until a man entered the room, restrained Procenko and got her out of the area.

The NPD later found a knife matching the description given by the victim on the driver’s floorboard of Procenko’s vehicle.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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