WATERLOO, Iowa --- Daniel Morrissey has pleaded guilty to charges he continued to manufacture and sell meth after his daughter was abducted and found dead.
Morrissey - father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, who disappeared in July 2012 with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, 8 - had been facing 190 years in prison for charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth, ongoing criminal conduct, possession of simulated meth with intent to deliver, possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to deliver and possession of meth and marijuana.
Authorities allege the crimes happened between December 2012 and February 2013.
On Monday, Morrissey entered a plea agreement that would limit his prison time to 45 years with a 15 year minimum or a possible suspended sentence with probation. He entered guilty pleas to four of the charges and Alford pleas — not admitting guilt but contending he would likely be found guilty of the case went to trial — to two charges.
Morrissey, 37, of Waterloo, said he had discussed the plea with his attorney, Kevin Schoeberl, on Friday before deciding to take the offer.
Morrissey also entered a written Alford plea in a domestic abuse case where he was accused of assaulting Lyric’s mother, Misty Cook, in August 2011. The charge was changed to non-domestic assault causing bodily injury with a sentence of time served.
Sentencing on the drug charges will be at a later date, and the agreement doesn’t bar prosecutors from seeking to run the prison time consecutive with an earlier collection of drug charges that are still pending sentencing.
Those charges stem from incidents in October and December 2011, before the disappearance. With those, he faces up to 235 years with a 57-year mandatory minimum or possible probation.
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