Felony Charges for Death of 13-Year-Old Boy

 

December 30, 2005: Calling for Action

Des Moines Register: As Months Pass, No One Is Held Responsible - column by Ms. Rekha Basu

(We didn't contact the media -- Ms. Basu called us & others involved. The "600+" people (friends, family, and classmates) came from all over northwest Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Kansas, Montana, Wisconsin, and other states, not just from Sutherland. Overall, Ms. Basu did a thorough & thoughtful job of telling the story, given the space she had.)

 


 

January 2006:

Seven months after killing Anthony Vos, Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad) was arrested and charged with Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, a class B felony. A class B felony normally carries a possible maximum of 25 years in prison. However, Child Endangerment Resulting in Death carries a possible maximum of 50 years.

KIWA news article

January 28, 2006:  article in the N'West Iowa Review,  p.A3.

 


 

January 30, 2006:  

Trial appears to be set for March 21 at 9:30a.m.

Follow case proceedings through Iowa Courts Online:

  1. Choose Case Search >> search for "lokhorst" (limit to Dickinson County)
  2. Choose Case ID 03301  FECR016082
  3. Click [Filings]

 


 

February 10, 2006:  

Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad) has now waived his right to a speedy trial, and his attorney, Mr. Bjornstad, has filed for a continuance.

 


 

February 22, 2006:  

Status report in the Sutherland Courier (same info as previous articles).

We were asked for an interview by the Courier & the N'West Iowa Review (for their Jan. 28 article) but have declined to comment at this time.   

 


 

March 2, 2006:

At a pre-trial conference today, a trial was tentatively scheduled for mid/late August.  A specific date is being looked at but won't be posted here until it's definite.

 


 

March 8, 2006:

Several motions have been filed in the last couple of weeks by both Dickinson County and Dusty's attorney.  Since his indictment, Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad) has been restricted to O'Brien and Sioux counties except for medical and legal reasons, and one of the motions his attorney has filed is for those restrictions to be modified or lifted.

 


 

April  2006:

The trial is scheduled to begin on September 26, 2006. RE: Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad), charged with child endangerment resulting in death, a class B felony.

Dusty is currently posting pictures of his yellow bike (the one he crashed), and talking about how much he loves riding.  [Just one of several examples can be found here: http://www.bikepics.com/members/dustin1866/

Witnesses indicate Dusty's first speed radar reading on June 17, 2005, was at 52mph. He raced even faster past the radar on subsequent runs until he crashed, killing Anthony.

 


 

November 2006:

In the homicide of 13-year-old Anthony Lee Vos on June 17, 2005, Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad) has pleaded guilty to the following crimes related to the original felony charge of Child Endangerment Resulting in Death:

  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Driving on the wrong side of a 2-way highway, resulting in death
  • No valid drivers license, resulting in death
  • Failure to maintain control, resulting in death
  • Speeding (47+ in a 35), resulting in death
  • Violation of the conditions of a restricted license, resulting in death
  • Careless driving, resulting in death
  • Failure to prove security against liability, in a wreck resulting in death

Records show that after his arrest & conviction for manslaughter of 13-year-old boy Anthony Vos, Dustin Lokhorst continues to be arrested and convicted for assaulting police officers; drug possession; multiple counts of domestic abuse, stalking, & harassment; multiple counts of tampering with witnesses; vandalism, multiple counts of reckless driving & excessive speeding, and multiple counts of operating without registration and/or a valid driver's license. He has also crashed motorcycles at least 4 times in a period of less than 10 years.

Since 1999, Dustin Lokhorst has been charged with nearly 100 felonies, misdemeanors, and protection orders. Of these charges, only 14 have been dismissed. Seven charges are pending, and he has been found guilty of the other 71 charges & actions brought against him.

View the ongoing Repeat Offender Report for Dustin Lokhorst.

 


Nov. 20, 2006

On November 20, 2006, Dustin Lokhorst (a.k.a. Dustin De Raad) was sentenced to serve a maximum of 2 years for manslaughter in the death of Anthony Vos. He was also sentenced to 30 days each for the 7 related misdemeanors from his wreck on June 17, to be served concurrently with the 2-year term.

In addition, he has been ordered to pay approx. $11,000 in restitution to the crime victims' fund, as well as court costs and attorney fees. He was taken into custody Monday to be transferred to the Oakdale prison/processing facility near Iowa City.

The court transcripts will show the judge recognized that this wreck was not one tragic mistake in an otherwise decent record, but rather a predictable result of Dustin's chronic recklessness, disregard for safety, and disrespect for the law.