Cherokee man gets 25 years for hitting Storm Laker with hammer

Polendo tried fighting off home invader

Could be paroled in 5 years

A Cherokee man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday after threatening a woman and hitting a Storm Lake man in the head with a claw hammer in November.

Joseph Kosiba, 34, pleaded guilty in Cherokee District County Court to first-degree burglary, going armed with intent and domestic abuse assault.

Kosiba must serve a mandatory of five years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Two counts of attempted murder and other assault charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

He must also pay $950 in damages to Maranna Wiley.

Kosiba kicked through the back door of Wiley’s home at 210 E. Maple St. in Cherokee on Nov. 12 after previously threatening to kill her. He chased her through the kitchen wielding a claw hammer, according to court documents.

Wiley then hid in the bathroom with her 7-year-old child.

A man identified as Rolando Polendo, 34, of Storm Lake, confronted Kosiba inside the house. Kosiba then swung the hammer at Polendo, causing lacerations to Polendo’s head and ear, according to court documents.

The woman and child were able to escape while Kosiba fought with Polendo and another unidentified resident of the home, police said.