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Jandreau Found Guilty On Seven Counts

(Le Mars) -- It took the jury just 50 minutes to deliver a guilty verdict on all seven counts against Matthew Jandreau.  The trial ended at almost 9:00 p.m. Monday evening following five days of testimony.  The jury, that consisted of five men and seven women, found the 20 year old Jandreau guilty of burglary in the first degree, guilty of kidnapping in the third degree, guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse causing bodily injury, guilty of attempted burglary in the second degree, guilty of operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, guilty of criminal mischief, guilty of operating while intoxicated.

The jury also decided the value of the criminal mischief for repair or replacement was more than $500 but not more than $1000.  On March 2nd, Jandreau started his
string of criminal activities by starting at the J and J Cafe (Truck stop) and stealing a
banana cake dessert bar.  He then tried to steal a van, but instead left the van parked in the middle of the street and had stolen a women's purse that was left in the van by the owner.  He also broke the cruise control lever off the steering column.  Jandreau then tried to break in a home by kicking the back door.  He then continued a few blocks away and entered a home located at 126 2nd Avenue SW by breaking down the door.  It was at this location that an eleven year old female juvenile was home alone from school as she was ill.  Jandreau assaulted the young girl, disrobed the girl by taking off her pajama bottoms and underwear, tried to place the young girl in both a dishwasher and broom closet, and finally threw her down a flight of stairs to the basement and kept assaulting her.  The young girl
sustained numerous injuries including a separated shoulder. It was at this address that law enforcement officials responded to a 9-1-1 emergency phone call which only screaming was heard on the phone.  Through out the duration of the trial, Jandreau showed no expression of emotion, many times sitting in the chair with his hand holding up his head, as if giving the impression he was bored.  While entering the courtroom, none of the jury members looked at the defendant, nor at either of the attorneys.  During the reading of the verdict, Jandreau continued to show no emotion.  A specific sentencing date was not scheduled, but Judge Neary did indicate it would take place within the next thirty days.

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