Ottumwa Man Receives Sentence After Pleading Guilty to Attempted Murder of Officer


An Ottumwa man who led authorities on a cross-county chase and was shot after a confrontation with law enforcement was sentenced Tuesday after submitting a guilty plea.

37-year-old Charles Hall was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder of a peace officer, a Class B felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony.

In December 2022, authorities attempted to arrest Hall who had an open warrant. Hall evaded arrest by slamming his car into a parked law enforcement vehicle and driving off. Hall avoided multiple law enforcement agencies in a chase that spanned Wapello, Monroe, and Davis Counties.

The chase ended when Hall crashed his car into a ditch near Blakesburg.

Hall exited the wrecked vehicle armed with a firearm and aimed at law enforcement.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jeremy Cole shot Hall and was later cleared after Davis County Attorney Rick Lynch concluded Cole used “objectively reasonable” force to neutralize Hall.

After his 2022 incarceration, Hall was charged with possession of contraband in a correctional institution in June 2023. He has a pre-trial conference scheduled for May 24.

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5 days ago

Cole overkilled 11 times that is called assassination something that he should have gotten reprimanded for not a slap on the wrist and got back on the force