SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to firing shots at another person and numerous firearms charges in two separate cases.
Matthew Lynam, 31, entered his written pleas Friday in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of first-degree robbery and assault while participating in a felony and single counts of first-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 14 incident in which gunshots were fired in the direction of two separate victims.
Lynam also pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felon in possession of a firearm, trafficking stolen weapons and single counts of third-offense possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy in a separate case.
According to court documents, Lynam approached a man at 14th and Pierce streets on Feb. 14, pointed a handgun at him and demanded the victim hand over his cellphone. Lynam fired a shot at the man after he walked away. Lynam and Nevitt Taylor then grabbed the victim and hit him in the head while stealing the man's coat, court documents said.
Lynam is also accused of firing a shot at a second man in the 1500 block of Pierce Street that same day after he and Taylor demanded that the man give them his cellphone.
Taylor, 17, of Sioux City, has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and single counts of first-degree theft, assault while participating in a felony and assault causing bodily injury. He has yet to enter a plea.
In a separate case, Lynam was arrested Feb. 7 after he fled from a vehicle in which he was a passenger after it was stopped by police. Lynam told police that a stolen Springfield XDS .45-caliber pistol found in the vehicle belonged to him, court documents said. A Les Baer semi-automatic AR-style rifle also was found in the vehicle.