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Sumner Police Chief Testifies at Plea Change

WAVERLY (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- William Clayton and jermiah Mumford once stood together as partners in crime. Monday morning they entered a Bremer County court room separately, each changing their plea to guilty after reaching a deal with the prosecution.

"This is not a movie," Judge Gregg Rosenbladt said. "This is not a story about something that happened back in the 30s when gangsters. This is real life and I hope you realize that this kind of behavior is going to result in very serious consequences."

It's another step in a legal journey that began October 20th after Clayton and Mumford were arrested following a crime spree that started with a Maynard bank being robbed, a police chase and a shootout with authorities.

It was a day of violence Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain knows all too well, he was one of two officers wounded by gunfire. "I can't hardly work anymore," Cain said during the victim's impact statement while the two were sentenced. " I can't do the things I want to do and I can't talk anymore, hardly."

They were each charged with 35 felonies, ranging from Attempted Murder to Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon. With the plea change also came a sentence, a minimum of 35-years in prison without the possibility of parole.

This isn't the last time either Mumford or Clayton will find themselves inside a courtroom. They're scheduled to go in front of a judge again for sentencing over in Fayette County at a later date.

 
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