Man charged with killing Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy asks to change plea to ‘guilty’

Man charged with killing Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy asks to change plea to ‘guilty’
World-Herald News Service

The man accused of killing a Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy wants to change his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” to all charges in the case, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

The office was notified by the attorney for Wesley Correa-Carmenaty that the case should be removed from the trial docket. Correa-Carmenaty’s trial was set to begin Tuesday.

A hearing to consider the change of plea is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs.

Correa-Carmenaty, 24, will remain in the Woodbury County Jail in Sioux City, Iowa, until the hearing, the county attorney’s office said in a press release.

Correa-Carmenaty has been charged in the May 1 shooting death of Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Burbridge, 43, the wounding of Pottawattamie Deputy Pat Morgan, 59, the wounding of a motorist, Jerry Brittain, and the carjacking of another motorist, Amy Kanger.

He is accused of attacking Burbridge and Morgan after the deputies brought him back to jail from the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. He had just been sentenced to 45 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in a 2016 homicide.

After shooting Burbridge and Morgan, officials have said, Correa-Carmenaty shot Brittain during an attempted carjacking before successfully kidnapping Kanger in her car. He was caught after a police chase near the Interstate 480 entrance ramp and Cuming Street in Omaha.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said a guilty plea from Correa-Carmenaty will be the best result for the community.

“It’s something as a law enforcement agency, we’re still healing,” he said. “Mark’s family is healing, Pat Morgan’s family is healing.

“The case was as airtight as it could be. Everything was on video, there’s no doubt as to what happened,” the sheriff said.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge in the Burbridge slaying, Correa-Carmenaty also has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping, three counts of first-degree robbery, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, escape and first-degree criminal mischief.

No plea bargain has been offered in the case, no charges are being dismissed and no charges are being amended, the county attorney’s office said.

This report includes material from the World-Herald News Service.

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