Iowa man enters guilty plea in mall crash case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man who crashed his SUV through the front door of Scheels at Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville last December has pleaded guilty to several charges.

Charges against 24-year-old Joseph Moreno include drunken driving, first-degree burglary, reckless use of a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Iowa City Press Citizen reports ( ) he entered written pleas Oct. 25 and will be sentenced Jan. 6.

Police say he was found inside the store sleeping Dec. 29. His vehicle had crashed through the front doors and was parked inside. A handgun had been fired multiple times.

Police say Moreno told them he had drank whiskey and could not recall driving into Scheels.

Officers found glass gun cases smashed and shotguns, rifles and ammunition strewn about the store.


Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen,

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