DUBUQUE — A 40-year-old Dubuque woman was found guilty in the first of three trials in connection with the traffic death of a Platteville native in late December.
Denise R. Deckert was convicted by a Dubuque County jury Thursday of being an accessory after the fact and preventing apprehension or obstructing prosecution, both aggravated misdemeanors under Iowa law.
Deckert faces maximum sentences of up to two years in prison and fines of $625 to $6,250 per count.
Deckert’s sentencing will be scheduled after a presentence investigation.
Deckert and two other people are charged in connection with a crash on U.S. 52 near Sherrill, Iowa, Dec. 27, that killed Casey Craugh, 28, Hazel Green.
Earl J. Hiland III, 42, Dubuque, faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and failure to provide information or aid, leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident, and driving under revocation. His trial on the charges is scheduled for Dec. 3.
Tamra L. Schuckert, of Bellevue, Iowa, faces a charge of providing false information. Her trial date has not been set.
Deckert is the owner of the pickup truck Hiland allegedly was driving during the crash. According to Dubuque County court records, Schuckert, Hiland’s ex-wife, and Deckert told authorities Schuckert was driving the truck at the time of the crash. Authorities said Deckert and Schuckert changed their story upon questioning.