Wildman charged with three counts
of attempted murder in shooting
Monday, October 22, 2012 11:12 AM
Three counts of attempted murder are among the charges filed against a Cresco man accused of shooting at a group of people last Tuesday morning in Calmar.
According to the affidavit of Calmar Police Chief Joe Ward, Daniel Wildman, 23, discharged his 12-guage shotgun at several people who were exiting their vehicle at about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 16, placing them in serious danger of suffering injury or death.
In court documents filed Thursday afternoon, Ward said Wildman attempted to shoot Korey Numedahl, Andrew Massman and David Cheney. The attempted murder charges are Class B felonies, punishable by 25 years in prison. Persons convicted of Class B felonies must serve a minimum of 75 percent of that sentence.
Wildman also was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, for threatening to shoot out windows of a residence and to kill his victims' girlfriends.
In addition, Wildman was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class D felony. In his citation, Ward said Wildman had a loaded firearm in his possession and has prior felony convictions.
The incident occurred at a home next to the Calmar Police Department and a block away from South Winneshiek High School. Schools in Calmar and Ossian were locked down until law enforcement gave an all clear at about 2:15 p.m. North Fayette and Postville schools were locked down later as a precaution as law enforcement officials attempted to locate Wildman.
Wildman's vehicle was tracked to a farm on the edge of Ossian, where he fled on an all terrain vehicle. He eventually was apprehended in a cornfield a few miles east of Ossian. He was jailed on arrest warrants from Howard County for possession of a firearm as a felon, delivery of a controlled substance and a probation violation.
Wildman has an extensive criminal record.
The Waterloo Courier reported Sunday convictions in recent years include fifth-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree criminal mischief, open container and interference with official acts.
The Courier reported Wildman also has been convicted several times for hunting and firearms violations: pursuing, trapping, buying, selling deer or turkey, 10 times; hunting with artificial lights, twice; abandonment of dead or injured wildlife, twice; shooting a rifle over water or highway, twice; no habitat fee, twice; no license or permit, twice; and improper conveyance of weapons, twice.
According to a November 2010 Iowa Department of Natural Resources news release, Wildman was jailed after a search warrant was executed at his residence that resulted in wildlife charges.
Wildman, who was 21 at the time, was charged with seven counts of unlawful possession of buck deer and 42 wildlife charges.
Wildman was already barred from purchasing a hunting license before the incident. While serving the warrant at Wildman's home, DNR conservation officers seized 13 deer racks, five firearms, one muskrat and one raccoon from Wildman.