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Burt found guilty


A former member of the Iowa House of Representatives is found guilty on four counts of misdemeanor records tampering.

A Black Hawk County jury found Kerry Burt guilty shortly before three Friday afternoon. Burt was accused of putting down a Cedar Falls address so that his children who live in Waterloo could attend Malcolm Price Lab school, which is on the UNI campus.

All together the trial took around four days. The defense trying to prove to the jury Burt was only doing what he was told. He said he was instructed to put the wrong address on several forms for price lab school, but the jury didn't see it that way.

Burt sat quietly, looking at the jury members as the verdict was read.

During closing arguments, Burt's attorney, Ray Walton tried to show the jury that he was just following advice that school officials had given him. He did not hide the fact that he lived in Waterloo.

"He did not commit these crimes. He's innocent and that makes it even more difficult sometime to defend somebody when their futures in your hands," said Walton.

Assistant State Attorney General Scott Brown said it was a simple case of right and wrong and what Burt did was wrong.

"It comes down to him, to Kerry Burt. He is the one who made the choice to create those records to fill in that address," said Brown.

While closing arguments lasted most of the morning, the attorneys left the jury with these thoughts.

"He is responsible, an adult. He is responsible for his own choices and the decisions that he makes," said Brown.

"So we ask you to do justice and find Kerry not guilty," said Walton.

Sentencing for Burt is expected to take place sometime in May. At most, Burt could receive up to two years in prison for each count.

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