DUBUQUE, Iowa – A man accused of driving and damaging the baseball field in eastern Iowa who became famous for the 1989 film "Field of Dreams" must serve two to five years of probation.
The KCRG television station reports that Austin Pape, 21, of Dyersville, was also given a deferred sentence in his sentencing in Dubuque on Monday. A deferred sentence allows Pape's conviction to be removed from the court records if it complies with the terms of his probation.
The investigators say that Pape acknowledged having driven to the field on January 22. The field is just outside of Dyersville, 140 miles northeast of Des Moines. Thousands of people visit the property every year, running around the bases and walking to the surrounding corn fields.
Pape pleaded guilty in September to felony criminal offenses after prosecutors dropped a reckless driving charge.