The State of Iowa vs. Roy Lee Allen

Events of the Crime

On March 7, 1959, at 04:10 o'clock pm, Roy Lee Allen, age 31 of Des Monies, Iowa was driving westbound on Hwy 9, weaving back and forth on the Hwy and traveling at a high rate of speed.  James DeRoos, age 16 of St. James, Minnesota was driving eastbound on Hwy 9, a mile west of Hwy 33 (Old Hwy 60/Northwest Blvd) when they met.  DeRoos attempted to avoid the collision and drove off the pavement onto the north side.  Allen made a sharp turn to the north and hit DeRoos almost head-on on the north shoulder of the Hwy.  Donald DeRoos, age 48 of St. James, Minnesota was pronounced dead at the scene.  James DeRoos, son of Donald DeRoos, was transported to the Sibley hospital with head and chest injuries.  Allen was also transported to the Sibley Hospital with a broken rib and facial cuts.  On March 9, 1959, Roy Lee Allen was charged with Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated.  Allen was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $9,000 cash bond.    



     Minutes of Testimony    






On November 23, 1960, Roy Lee Allen pled guilty of the crime of Manslaughter committed on March 7, 1959.  The Defendant was sentenced to imprisonment in the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison, Iowa for a term not to exceed 8 years.  A bench parole was granted to the Defendant for good behavior and was paroled on November 23, 1960.  On October 30, 1961 the Court found Roy Lee Allen guilty of Operating a Motor Vehicle While his License was Under Suspension in District Court for the State of Iowa and for Polk County, Iowa which is in violation of the terms of the Defendant's parole.  Therefore, the Defendant's parole was revoked and Allen was ordered to serve out the Original Judgment  imposed on the 23rd day of November, 1960.  Sheriff Arnold Scheu, acting Sheriff of Osceola County, was ordered to transport Allen back to the State Penitentiary in Fort Madison , Iowa, forthwith.


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