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State Believes Brianna Volesky Might Be Flight Risk, Judge Sets New Bond
By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Brianna Volesky could remain in jail unless she pays a new $25,000 bond required by a judge Friday and a previous bond of $150,000 pending her sentencing in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Skylar Inman.
A warrant was issued Thursday for Volesky, 20, of Cedar Rapids, who pleaded guilty in January to neglect of a child and involuntary manslaughter, because First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks believed she was a flight risk. Volesky had been released pending sentencing since January.
Maybanks asked the court to revoke her bond and recommit her to the previous bond of $150,000 cash or surety because according to her Facebook page on Wednesday, she was planning to leave the area Friday. She also made comments that she wasn't coming back for her sentencing Sept. 8, according to a court document.
Brandon Schrock, Volesky's public defender, told the judge Friday that Volesky, who appeared by video from the Linn County Jail, never was a flight risk. Volesky was suppose to go into a rehabilitation program at County Oaks in Davenport Thursday night, he said.
Schrock said when Volesky found out there was a warrant for her arrest she turned herself in. Volesky has stayed in contact with the county attorney's office, he said.
Volesky didn't say anything during the hearing.
Sixth Judicial District Associate Judge Casey Jones said about an hour before this hearing Volesky's bonding company filed to revoke her $150,000 bond, so he was imposing on top of that a $25,000 cash or surety that District Judge Denver Dillard ordered Thursday in the warrant.
Volesky's plea deal was contingent upon her testimony against her ex-boyfriend Lee Muldoon, 25, of Coggon, who stood trial for first-degree murder of Skylar last week, but Muldoon pleaded guilty before she was to testify.
Muldoon said he was responsible for not stopping the child abuse that caused Skylar's death from blunt force injuries to her abdomen, but he claimed Volesky was the abuser. He pleaded guilty to neglect of a child and involuntary manslaughter.
Maybanks last week during Muldoon's trial offered the deal when Volesky's credibility was questioned. Maybanks found out from police that Volesky may be using drugs and her grandmother may have perjured herself during an offer of proof in the trial regarding Volesky's drug use.
The offer of proof is used in the event of an appeal and is conducted outside the presence of a jury but remains as part of the trial record.
Maybanks said Friday after the hearing that Volesky's charges remain the same at this time. Her sentencing will go ahead on Sept. 8. She faces up to 15 years in prison.