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Suspects in December shooting plead not guilty

Trial set for Feb. 16

January 5, 2010
By ANGELA BURCH Messenger staff writer

KALO - Two men allegedly involved in a rural Webster County burglary have pleaded not guilty in written arraignments.

Sypraseuth Keothammakhoun, 30, of Des Moines, and Andrew Nielsen, 33, of Fort Dodge, are charged with first-degree burglary and willful injury stemming from an Dec. 12, 2009, burglary which resulted in a Kalo homeowner being shot.

Keothammakhoun's attorney, Sarah Smith, said they demanded a speedy trial. The trial of the case has been set for Feb. 16 in Iowa District Court for Webster County.

Homeowner Rick Rummel, of 2468 Riverside Trail, was shot in the leg and hit in the head with a club when the men came into his home, he said. He was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound in his lower left leg and a gash in his forehead which required stitches.

Rummel said the two men were wearing dark colored clothes and ski masks when they came into his home through the unlocked front door and started attacking his wife. When he got up to stop them, he said he was attacked.

He estimated the home invasion lasted about 20 seconds before the two left the home on foot. Rummel said the two men were unknown to the couple.

Sheriff's deputies Iowa State Patrol troopers, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Otho Police Department were on the scene that evening.

The two men were apprehended within an hour after the initial 911 call, in the woods southwest of the Rummel's home.

Both are being held in the Webster County Jail under $50,000 bond.

First-degree burglary is a Class B felony, punishable with up 25 years in prison. Willful injury is a Class C felony, punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Contact Angela Burch at (515) 573-2141 or



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