- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Virginia man who was 17 when he robbed a store and shot an Iowa sheriff’s deputy must remain in prison, a according to a recent court ruling.

The Iowa Appeals Court on Wednesday upheld Jake Giles’ 35-year sentence. Giles was convicted of robbing a video store in Manly and shooting Worth County Deputy Chris Myers as the deputy tried to stop his vehicle on Sept. 9, 1998. Myers suffered arm and leg injuries.

The shooting prompted a manhunt in northern Iowa that involved six police departments before Giles was arrested.

Giles was sentenced in August 1999 to up to 25 years in prison for attempted murder and up to 10 years for second-degree robbery, to be served consecutively. He appealed his sentences in July 2014, citing a recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling that determined mandatory minimum sentences for youth offenders were unconstitutional.

Prosecutors said “it appears harsh” to order Giles to serve the rest of his sentence, given his status as a “model inmate,” but argued that his original sentence had been properly and reasonably imposed.

A district court rejected Giles’ arguments, and the Iowa Appeals Court affirmed that decision. The appeals court said the district court judge correctly considered Giles’ age, home environment, the circumstances surrounding the crime and the possibility of rehabilitation when imposing the sentence.

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