MASON CITY – Two local men who had been allowed to remain on the streets for over a year while using their lawyer to plea bargain their original charges to lesser offenses with the prosecution were unable to avoid prison sentences at a sentencing hearing that had been rescheduled at least once.
Brandon and Jared Kropf had been out on bail since April 3rd, 2011 for the assaults against two men which caused one of the victims to be seriously injured requiring intensive care at St. Mary’s in Rochester after allegedly using bats and crowbars on April 3rd, 2011.
At sentencing on July 10th Assistant Chief Judge James M. Drew sentenced both men to the maximum of up to five years in prison on one amended class “D” felony charge of willful injury causing bodily injury each.
Judge Drew ordered Brandon and Jared Kropf to jointly pay $14,573.82 related to their victim’s medical bills. As part of the plea agreement Judge Drew dismissed one of two class “C” felony charges of willful injury causing serious injury against Brandon.
Originally both men faced class “C” felony charges of willful injury causing serious injury, one count against Jared and two counts against Brandon. On Tuesday, May 8th 2012, Senior Judge Paul Riffel approved an application to amend class “C” felony charges of willful injury causing serious injury to lesser class “D” felony charges. The original class “C” felony charges of willful injury causing serious injury originally filed could have carried up to 10 years in prison under Iowa Code.
Jared has already been to prison once and was still on parole at the time of the assaults. Both have extensive criminal records dating back to multiple juvenile offenses.
SUBJECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.