Isaiah Mothershed makes first court appearance after being accused of shooting police officer

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The 18-year-old teen, accused of shooting a Sioux City Police officer, made his first court appearance, via camera, Thursday.

Police say Isaiah Mothershed shot officer, Ryan Moritz, in the leg during an incident, early Sunday morning.

Mothershed is charged with two counts of attempted murder and five counts of 1st Degree Robbery, each as a Class “B” felony that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

“I have to advise you that if convicted of any of those charges, you would be required to serve 70 percent of that sentence, before you’d be eligible for parole or work release,” said Presiding Judge, Todd Hensley.

Mothershed’s hearing is actually in connection to several incidents, dating back to December of 2015.

According to court documents, Mothershed was involved in a home invasion back in December, when a special needs child was tied up and beaten while the other occupants of the home were threatened at gunpoint.

Mothershed was also connected to four other robberies, over the past two months.

The shooting of the officer during Sunday’s investigation, was not Mothershed’s first run-in with Sioux City police.

Mothershed was arrested for kidnapping and burning two men over a drug debt, back in July of  last year.

Judge Todd Hensley ordered Mothershed be held on a $300,000 bond.

“I would advise you now that you are not required to make a statement and any statement you do make can be used against you at trial,” said Judge Hensley. “Sir do you have any questions for the court at this time about your charges or your bond?”

“I do not,” said Mothershed.

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