Ten-year prison sentences for meth-related offenses
Three defendants were sentenced in Clayton County District Court for methamphetamine related offenses.
•Matthew John Gordon, 33, of North Buena Vista was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed ten years for manufacturing methamphetamine, a class "C" felony.
The manufacturing charge arose from an incident dating back to Oct. 14, 2011, when law enforcement discovered parts of a meth lab on both the outside and inside of the defendant’s house. Pursuant to Iowa law, Gordon will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least one-third of the maximum prison sentence. A second person at the Gordon residence fled the scene when Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. The person who fled was subsequently identified as Ronald Lee Mangold.
•Ronald Lee Mangold, 56, of Quasqueton, was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed ten years for furnishing a precursor substance with the knowledge that the recipient, Matthew Gordon, would use the precursor to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine on or about Oct. 14, 2011. Mangold is being held in the Clayton County Jail at the present time and will be transferred to Oakdale Prison and Classification Center when bed space becomes available.
•James Frank Hoskins, 48, of Independence was sentenced to a prison term not to exceed ten years for manufacturing methamphetamine, a class “C” felony. Hoskins was linked to a mobile meth lab located in a vehicle parked just north of Garnavillo that a concerned citizen reported to law enforcement on Sept. 11, 2012. Hoskins was picked up on an arrest warrant in Buchanan County on April 18, 2013, transported to the Clayton County Jail, and held on a $50,000 cash or corporate surety bond after a request for bond reduction was resisted by the Clayton County Attorney and denied by a District Court Judge. The defendant will not be eligible for parole until one-third of the ten year prison sentence has been served but will receive credit for nearly 72 days already served in the Clayton County Jail.
All investigations were conducted by the Clayton County Sheriff's Office. The prosecutions of defendants Gordon, Mangold, and Hoskins were handled by Clayton County Attorney Alan Heavens, who said that the prison sentences imposed in each case were “appropriate given the serious nature of the crimes committed, the criminal histories of the defendants involved, and the chance for rehabilitation after the prison sentences have been served.”