Investigation inaccuracies delay Lott sentencing

The sentencing has been rescheduled for a Marshalltown man who was accused of shooting a teenager in the head.

Daniel Lott, 33, was scheduled for sentencing Monday, after entering an Alford plea, a guilty plea in which the defendant doesn’t admit guilt, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

However, because of inaccuracies of the pre-sentencing investigation, the sentencing will be rescheduled.

Matthew Scheeley, public defender, said on Lott’s pre-sentencing investigation his ethnic origin has been indicated as white and he has been wrongly convicted of felonies.

Lott was charged last year after 17-year-old Mario G. Murrillo arrived at the local emergency room with a gunshot wound to the head. Murrillo was treated for his injuries and was expected to fully recover.

Murrillo identified Lott as the shooter in a photo lineup, according to court documents. Lott was at large for five days before police arrested him in Gladbrook after receiving a tip about his whereabouts.

In May a district court judge said Lott’s Miranda rights were violated during a police interrogation with a Marshalltown Police Department detective and granted a motion to suppress evidence.

Lott was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery and willful injury.

Lott was released from jail July 3, pending sentencing under the supervision of the Second Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

Lott’s new sentencing date will be held sometime in September.