Ottumwa Man Accused of Burglary, Faces Multiple Charges

By Jason Van Arkel, February 11, 2019

An Ottumwa man faces multiple felony charges, stemming from a burglary that occurred earlier this month. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Department arrested 23-year-old Christopher Denham Friday evening on an outstanding warrant, and charged him with first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

According to acting sheriff Don Phillips, deputies were investigating a burglary that took place at a rural Wapello County home sometime in January. The date of the burglary is unknown, but the owners of the residence reported the theft on January 31st. Deputies determined that Denham had broken into the home and stolen multiple items, including firearms. It was the theft of those guns that prompted the charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Court records indicate Denham previously faced felony charges from a pair of incidents that took place in June of 2013. He pled guilty to a single second-degree theft charge in a Wapello County case, as part of a plea bargain that dismissed other charges and sentenced him to five years of probation. He also faced second-degree theft charges in Davis County that year, but accepted a plea bargain that reduced the charge to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, and received two years’ probation.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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