Two 7-year sentences for knife attack

Monday, December 21, 2009

Setting aside a more lenient recommendation from Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Donald G. Stouffer, Judge Dennis A. Rolf sentenced Timothy L. Iliff to two concurrent seven-year sentences in Missouri Department of Corrections in Circuit Court proceedings Monday, Dec. 21.

Iliff, 46, of Sweet Springs, was charged in March with class C felony second degree assault and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action for attacking Talmadge Ingalls with a knife at a residence in Sweet Springs.

The prosecuting attorney recommended a four-year sentence on the assault charge and the statutory minimum sentence of three years for armed criminal action.

In court Monday, Rolf questioned Iliff about the circumstances surrounding the assault. Iliff at first said the knife used in the assault was initially in Ingalls' possession, and claimed he acted in self-defense.

"I got cut, too," Iliff said.

Under further questioning by Rolf, Iliff said he was in a rage at the time of the assault and that he didn't know "what really happened."

After viewing pictures of the victim's injuries and rereading the probable cause statement from Sweet Springs police, Rolf handed down the harsher penalties, citing Iliff's statements, as noted in the record, as his reason.

The statement says, in part, "Mr. Iliff stated (that) on his way out of the kitchen, he reached over and grabbed either a knife or a fork ... for protection because he knew he was doing to get into a ... fight. Mr. Iliff stated several times during the interview that he was going to put (Ingalls) in his grave, 'this isn't a threat, it's a promise.'"

According to unofficial online court records, Iliff has a lengthy record for assault, assault on law enforcement officers, drug charges and burglary.

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  • Ill give credit where credit is due. Good Job Mr. Rolf. Thank You

    -- Posted by honest opinion on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 3:36 PM
  • I'd say good job Mr. Rolf, too bad that you don't also see theft or selling of drugs as a violent act.

    Theft, just several years ago cost a man and his wife their lives, and drugs are a violent offense. Ask the kids and spouses that are mentally abused or physically abused by this vice, or how organized crime uses the profits to further crime.

    -- Posted by ceymore on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 4:36 PM
  • Way to go Judge Rolf...I am so glad that someone FINALLY overrides the Prosecutor's ridiculous plea bargains in his attempt to avoid actually trying a case!

    -- Posted by Gotta_luv_politics on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 7:47 PM
  • we dont want him trying cases either. he couldnt try his way out of a paper sack let alone a court room he pleas out to look good on paper with convictions to cases worked no one lookes to see that murderers plead guilty to mist. assault charges

    -- Posted by honest opinion on Tue, Dec 22, 2009, at 10:43 AM
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