Barb's Corner robbery trial delayed

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday's trail for a Lake Park man accused of robbing a northwest Iowa restaurant at gunpoint has been delayed.

Joshua Mandelkow is now scheduled to stand trial at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6. A pre-trial conference will take place May 2.

He was charged with first-degree robbery, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon on June 22 of last year.

Authorities think he brandished a shotgun and demanded money from employees March 11, 2016, at Barb's Restaurant & Lounge in rural Everly. Police caught up with him on a gravel road about 6 miles west of Milford. That's where he slowed down and sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The injury required specialized care and delayed his arrest for two months.

Mandelkow entered a "not guilty" plea on July 25. His attorney plans to tell the court his client shouldn't be convicted due to "diminished responsibility" because of mental health issues.

Defense attorney Michael H. Johnson also asked for a hearing to keep certain testimony and terminology from being heard a jury in the upcoming trial. The court has scheduled a May 30 hearing to consider the request.

The first-degree armed robbery charge is a Class B felony. Mandelkow will have to serve 70 percent of a 25-year sentence if convicted. The lesser-included charges of going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon are Class D felonies.

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