Rodney Bean begins sentence
According to a press release from the Washington County Attorney’s office Rodney Lee Bean, 52, of rural Ainsworth was taken into custody on Friday, Nov. 1.
Bean will begin serving a 17-year sentence after being convicted of six felony counts and an aggravated misdemeanor in relation to the death of Joye Gentzler.
Bean was taken to the Iowa Medical Classification Center in North Liberty, Brock said.
“They will evaluate him and the Iowa Department of Corrections will assign where he serves out his time,” Brock said.
The amount of time Bean serves for his convictions is still unknown.
“He will be eligible for parole, but that all depends on if he gets credit for serving good time [credit for good behavior while in custody],” Brock said.
Bean’s trial was held in September 2011 in Keokuk County. After six hours of deliberation the jury came back with the guilty verdict, according to the press release.
In November 2011, Bean filed an appeal of his convictions with the Iowa Court of Appeals, according to his court records.
On Sept. 5, the court affirmed his convictions, according to court records. He had 20 days to file for further review from the Iowa Supreme Court, said Washington County Attorney Larry Brock in an article on Bean’s conviction in The Journal on Sept. 9.
The Iowa Supreme Court denied Bean’s request for further review on Oct. 28, the press release said.
“I figured the Iowa Supreme Court would rule the same way,” Brock said. “There is no set time period for review, but they came back within a month with their decision.”
The six felony counts Bean was convicted of included two counts of theft in the second degree, both of which are Class D felonies; neglect and abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C felony; intentional dependent adult abuse causing serious injury, a Class C felony; reckless dependent adult abuse causing serious injury, a Class D felony; and dependent adult abuse involving financial exploitation in the excess of $100, which is a Class D felony.
He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter, which is an aggravated misdemeanor.