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Lockridge man receives suspended sentence for OWI

A Lockridge man has been given a one-year suspended sentence and one year of probation after being found guilty of operating while intoxicated during an accident in which one person died and another was injured.

Maxwell Spalla, 22, was ordered to receive a sentence of 365 days by District Court Judge Crystal Cronk on Dec. 21. However, all but seven of those days of imprisonment are to be suspended conditional on Spalla’s good behavior. The conditions of his one year of probation state that he must not violate state, federal or local laws, excluding minor traffic violations if the defendant has a valid driver’s license.

In addition, Cronk revoked Spalla’s license to drive, and ordered him to pay a fine of $1,250, a 35 percent surcharge on top of the fine, court-appointed attorney fees, court costs, and victim restitution, an amount that will be determined at a later hearing.

Spalla was also found guilty of reckless driving. For this offense, Cronk sentenced him to pay a fine of $250, a 35 percent surcharge on top of the fine, court costs, and victim restitution.

The incident in question occurred March 4, 2017. That day, Spalla, lost control of a vehicle he was driving, causing it to roll and come to rest on its top. One passenger, Jacob Aaron Nelson, 21, of Lockridge, died in the accident, and another, Brett Nicholas Scott, then 21, of Fairfield, was taken by AirCare to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatment of his injuries.

Spalla was charged with homicide by vehicle while intoxicated, though he was found not guilty of that charge at his trial.