JUDGE SENTENCES TEEN IN ADAMS COUNTY SHOOTINGS
(Corning) The teen charged in the shootings in rural Adams County last spring was sentenced this week in Adams County District Court.
A judge slapped 17-year-old Daniel Beardsley with a sentence of 50-years in prison for the attempted murder of two men including an Adams County Sheriff's Deputy.
Beardsley's sentence stems from his involvement with the May 17th, 2010 shootings of Matthew Herring and Deputy Jason Swanson. Beardsley's sentence includes 25-years on each count, with both terms to run consecutively.
Beardsley stole a Clarinda Academy Vehicle the morning of the shootings and for that he was convicted on a charge of 2nd degree robbery. He received a 10-year sentence which will run concurrent to the attempted murder sentences and won't be eligible for parole for 35-years.
Beardsley will also have to serve two-year consecutive terms on four aggravated misdemeanors charges, concurrent to the attempted murder sentences, in connection with shots fired during the same incident at Adams County Deputy Dan Sitzman, Lenox Police Chief Chad Bals, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Aaron Nordyke and former Taylor County Sheriff Lonnie Weed.
On May 17th, Beardsley, a passenger in the rear of a Clarinda Academy vehicle, assaulted a student, and the driver. Following the assault, he stole the vehicle and drove to rural Adams County southeast of Brooks, where he shot Matthew Herring twice in the arm and once in the torso, when he arrived home from work. When Deputy Swanson arrived on the scene, he suffered minor injuries as both he and his patrol car where fired upon.
Beardsley surrendered to authorities following a three-hour standoff.