Waterloo man sentenced to jail for beating 72-year-old man on bicycle | Crime and courts


WATERLOO – A Waterloo man has been sentenced to prison for beating a 72-year-old maintenance man to death with a child’s bicycle when he got angry in 2018.

Martavis Tayshon Wise, 30, was originally charged with second degree murder in the murder of Johannes Rodenburgh of Waterloo.

On Friday, Wise pleaded guilty to a settlement to a reduced charge of manslaughter with a dangerous weapon as well as related charges of being armed, willful injury causing serious bodily harm and assault. while participating in a crime.

Due to previous felony convictions, Wise received sentence enhancements that increased his time behind bars.

Under the plea deal, Judge Brad Harris sentenced Wise to up to 60 years in prison with a mandatory 14-year period before any possible parole.

Those close to Johannes Rodenburgh have said they hope that day never comes.

“You shouldn’t take a free step in your life. You are a murderer and a coward, ”Brother Ron Rodenburgh said in Friday’s hearing.


Martavis Tayshon Wise enters the courtroom for a plea and sentencing hearing on Friday, September 24, 2021.

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“We will be in prison the rest of our lives because of the loss of our father,” said her eldest daughter Monica Engeltjes. “We lost our father because of this senseless act of violence. “

She remembered her father as a 72-year-old “kid” who was an active hiker and cyclist who could fix anything.

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