A Pella-area attorney was sentenced this week on a charge that he made a false report that led to the prosecution of a Booneville, Iowa man.

Andrew Gatton Aeilts, 32, of Pella, was sentenced to three days in the Wayne County jail to be completed by March 18. Aeilts is a partner at the A.G. Law in Pella according to the firm’s website.

Police in Pella said that in August 2018 Aeilts filed a report that a Booneville, Iowa man had phoned in a threat in which the man told Aeilts he was going to “kick his teeth in and beat him to within an inch of his life.”

The man denied the claim and provided a recording to his conversation with Aeilts.

Police in October 2018 filed charges against Aeilts for providing a false police report and malicious prosecution, both serious misdemeanors.

Aeilts pled guilty to one of those counts, and the other will be dismissed. He filed the plea in September 2019 but a month later he asked the court to allow him to withdraw his plea, contending prior counsel failed to communicate a prior settlement offer.

The court denied the motion to withdraw his plea in December.

Because Aeilts practices law in Marion County and other areas, the case was transferred to Wayne County and the county attorney there, Alan Wilson, was assigned as special prosecutor.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com.

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