KNOXVILLE — A Pella man was handed a sentence of 3 years and 85 days following a plea deal in a felony stalking case.

Michael Todd Deriso, 56, of Pella, was originally charged in August 2018 with stalking, third offense, a class C felony. The charges joined 112 counts of violating a no contact order.

Court filings indicated the victim Deriso was contacting was the victim of two prior domestic assaults and one harassment by Deriso.

In September this year, prosecutors amended the felony stalking charge against Deriso to an aggravated misdemeanor as part of plea negotiations. After, Deriso pled guilty to the aggravated misdemeanor and 15 of the 112 counts of violating a no contact order.

Last week, District Court Judge Brendan Greiner handed Deriso a sentence of two years in prison, with an additional 30 days of jail time for each of the 15 counts of violating a no contact order.

The sentences are to be served consecutively, for a total not exceeding three years and 85 days.

Investigators in August 2018 told the court that Deriso contacted the protected victim with three different phone numbers between June 2018 and July 2018. The contacts were made by 82 phone calls and 30 text messages over that period, law enforcement said.

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

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