Bodady gets two years in jail

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Reino Bodady speaks on his behalf during his sentencing in Webster County District Court Monday. Bodady received two years in prison for false imprisonment and eluding.

A man convicted of holding his ex-girlfriend in her vehicle against her will and eluding pursuing law enforcement officers was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence Monday.

Reino Bodady, 34, of Fort Dodge, was sentenced to two years in the Webster County Jail on charges of false imprisonment and eluding.

Bodady had originally been charged with kidnapping Cricket Pederson in January, but a Webster County jury instead found him guilty of the lesser-included offense of false imprisonment.

Prior to sentencing, Judge Kurt Stoebe, of the 2nd Judicial District, asked Bodady if he wanted to make a statement on his own behalf.

For the next several minutes, Bodady talked about not only the charges on which he was about to be sentenced, but also a variety of other issues.

Bodady said he’s lived in Fort Dodge his entire life and aspires to own his own tree trimming business someday.

At one point, Bodady tried explaining his prior criminal convictions, saying that he was defending other people when he was convicted of those charges.

“I’m no threat to our community,” Bodady said. “I didn’t mean no harm to Cricket.”

Bodady said, leading up to the incident where he kept Pederson bound and gagged in her SUV while he drove around Fort Dodge for several hours, he was paranoid that something was going to happen to him.

Last year, he had gone down to Georgia to help clean up after a hurricane had hit. While he was down there, Bodady said he smoked marijuana that had been laced with embalming fluid, and claimed to have woken up in the parking lot of the hotel where he was staying.

He believed someone had drugged him to steal his money and tools.

Bodady further said he was paranoid after Donald Preston was shot and killed outside Moorland late last year. He said his aunt had gone to high school with Preston and that he had also known Preston for much of his life.

He said he had no intention of hurting Pederson that night in January.

“Where I messed up was, I didn’t let her get out of the vehicle because she was scared,” Bodady said. “She didn’t want to go with me, and I kept her in the vehicle. I didn’t want to hurt her, I wasn’t mad at her. We weren’t fighting, and I wasn’t trying to elude from the police officer.”

Bodady claimed he was high on methamphetamine during the incident.

No drug test was ever performed on Bodady after the incident.

“There was no intention to hurt her, to harm her,” he said. “She knew that my mind wasn’t right, that I was high on meth.”

“I’m not a bad person,” Bodady continued. “I just did something really stupid.”

He asked Stoebe to sentence him to time served. He said he’s been in the Webster County Jail for 240 days.

Bodady said he wouldn’t be back in jail.

“And I won’t be out there making mistakes,” he said. “I see some idiots come in the jail and leave and come in and leave and come in. That’s not going to be me.”

But Bodady’s pleas didn’t sway Stoebe.

“There’s an old saying that you can disregard everything that someone says before they say the word ‘but,'” Stoebe said. “And I can’t think of anything more appropriate than in your instance. You say you’re sorry, ‘but,’ and then go on and go on, go on. That going on business tells me that we aren’t very far along in your rehabilitation.”

“You’ve justified prior offenses, you’ve justified this offense, you’ve justified practically everything that you’ve done,” Stoebe continued. “That means you haven’t been rehabilitated. That means you haven’t been deterred.”

He went on to say that he worried about releasing Bodady from jail.

“After listening to you, I’m concerned that, if you were released tonight, you would commit the same offense again,” he said. “You admit the facts of the offense basically, but you maintain your innocence.”

While there’s nothing wrong with the fact Bodady claims to be innocent, Stoebe said, “the facts speak for themselves.”

“And the facts portray placing someone in fear, restricting someone’s liberty and then disobeying law enforcement,” Stoebe said. “Those are serious issues. This is a serious offense. And protecting the community, I can’t let this happen again.”

Stoebe told Bodady that even if he was able to serve his time at the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility, he wouldn’t sentence him to that.

“After listening to you, we would have far to go in you beginning to understand that you have a responsibility for your offenses and your actions,” Stoebe said. “Not the community, not other people, not events. You have to make that decision and you have to own it.”

“This is the right sentence.”

Stoebe also issued a no-contact order between Bodady and Pederson that will last five years.