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On Monday, September 23, after a brief deliberation, a Decatur County jury found two Mount Ayr men guilty of sex abuse charges, according to the Decatur County Attorney’s Office.
Justice Mathis, 19, and Mickie Lee Atkins, 50, both currently of Mount Ayr and formerly of Lamoni were found guilty on all charges against them.
According to the county attorney, Mathis was convicted on three counts of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree and Atkins of two counts of the same offense involving the same minor victims.
Each count carries a potential imprisonment of up to 25 years.
Additionally, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 70% before being eligible for parole.
The two are scheduled for sentencing in November. At that time, the judge will decide whether the sentences will run concurrent or consecutive and whether Mathis is eligible for modified sentencing because, although he was tired as an adult, he was a juvenile at the time of commission of the offenses.
Atkins is being held without bond in the Decatur County jail pending sentencing. Mathis is being held on $25,000 cash bond only.