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Carmenaty makes first appearance in Pottawattamie County Court

Carmenaty has been charged with 1st degree murder
Posted at 11:03 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 19:13:54-04

Wesley Correa-Carmenaty accused of killing Deputy Mark Burbridge and attempting to kill Deputy Pat Morgan has made his first appearance this morning in Pottawattamie County Jail.
 
Correa-Carmenaty is currently being held without bail by Woodbury County authorities after this morning's first appearance.
 
According to court documents the morning of the jail escape, Correa-Carmenaty was restrained with shackles and handcuffs but was able to free himself. Investigators say he told a female passenger that he would be getting out and they should hangout sometime.
 
The documents state that when the van got to the Pottawattamie County Jail, Deputy Pat Morgan escorted the female prisoner out of the van. Deputy Burbridge was to escort Correa-Carmenaty.

But once the doors opened Correa-Carmenaty immediately started assaulting and cutting Deputy Burbridge.
 
When the suspect ran to the driver’s seat of the van both Burbridge and Morgan went to restrain him. At some point the documents say Correa-Carmenaty got ahold of one of the Deputy's guns and shot Burbridge in the head and Morgan in the stomach.
 
Court documents say that Correa-Carmenaty then took the van keys and ammo from Deputy Morgan and made his escape.
 
Deputy Burbridge was pronounced dead just before Noon last Monday at Creighton University Medical Center.

Correa-Carmenaty was picked up from Douglas County Jail this morning by Woodbury County authorities. He was expected to be taken directly jail in Sioux City after this morning’s court appearance, with heavy security.

 
 The Pottawattamie County Attorney has until May 19 to file trial information.
 
The following charges, all of which are felonies, have been filed against Correa-Carmenaty:

  •  First degree murder
  •  2 counts of attempted murder
  •  3 counts of robbery in the first degree
  •  Escape from custody
  •  Felon in possession of a firearm
  •  Intimidation with a dangerous weapon
  •  Kidnapping

 
In Iowa a first degree murder conviction sentence is mandatory life in prison with no parole.