Justice Obstruction Pleas


Sioux City, IA (KICD) — Three people plead guilty to a conspiracy to obstruct justice charge.

In US District Court in Sioux City, 47-year old Janelle Zoch, and 45-year old Darwin Zoch, both of Storm Lake, along with 35-year old Brandon Hinesly, of Truesdale have pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Janelle Zoch and Brandon Hinesly pled guilty on February 28th, while Zoch pled guilty on March 3rd. 48-year old Mark Hill, of Storm Lake, Iowa, also pled guilty on August 13th, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice,

In court, Information revealed that After a November 2011 conviction, instead of Darwin Zoch awaiting sentencing, the four plotted Zoch’s getaway from justice, including researching countries without extradition treaties, boats he might buy to sail out of the country, obtained and pre-positioned a getaway car at his parent’s farm, acquired mobile phones with which to communicate secretly, and assembled more than $5,000 in cash. Then they executed the plan, and Darwin Zoch escaped as far as a marina in Corpus Cristie Texas, where he was captured.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Janelle Zoch, Brandon Hinesly and Mark Hill remain free on bond previously set; Darwin Zoch remains in custody of the United States Marshal; Janelle Zoch, Darwin Zoch,. Hinesly, and Hill each face a possible maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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