Ottumwa man in jail for murder is in even more legal trouble

Venhure Yosef Tsegay, 18, of Ottumwa has been charged with first degree murder after the death of 16-year-old Christian Madueno (Ottumwa Police Department)

An Ottumwa man already in jail for murder finds himself in more legal trouble.

Venhure Tsegay, 19, has been in custody since last November, awaiting trial on First-Degree Murder charges.

Now, Tsegay has another case working its way through the system.

Court records show that Tsegay was arrested after officers at the Wapello County Jail found him in possession of alcohol. The possession of "hootch," as the criminal complain says, is a felony and carries a five-year prison term.

That time won't make much of a difference if Tsegay is convicted of killing Christian Madueno of Ottumwa.

Prosecutors allege that Tsegay and another man robbed and shot the 16-year-old Madueno on Nov. 29, 2016. If convicted, Tsegay faces a mandatory life sentence in that case.

He remains in custody on $500,000 bond.

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