Carroll Man Accused Of Vehicle Theft Pleads Guilty To A Reduced Charge In Plea Agreement

A Carroll man accused of felony vehicle theft has plead guilty to reduced charges. Forty-year-old Benjamin David Bess allegedly took a Ford F-150 from a Crawford County residence around 4 a.m. on Dec. 3. He was later found later that day in possession of the truck in Manning. Bess plead not guilty to the original charge of second-degree theft, a class D felony, but changed his plea to guilty after prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge to operating without owner’s consent, an aggravated misdemeanor. Last Thursday, July 12, a Carroll County District Court judge sentenced Bess to a two-year suspended prison sentence. As a condition of his sentence being suspended, he was placed on probation for two years to the Iowa Department of Correctional Services.  He was also ordered to pay victim restitution, a $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge and court costs.