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Mason City man gets Beje Clark for methamphetamine delivery

MASON CITY – On Tuesday Charles Barnish of Mason City was sentenced to 180 days of residential treatment at Beje Clark.

Barnish had been arrested along with fourteen other defendants in July of this year as part of an investigation by the North Iowa Drug Task Force.

Barnish has remained in the custody of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department since he was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver, a class C felony, on July 28th. The charge stems from Barnish’s delivery of methamphetamine in July of 2010.

Court records show Barnish entered a voluntary negotiated guilty plea on September 27th, 2011. On Tuesday, November 9th, Barnish was sentenced in Cerro Gordo County District Court by Judge James Drew to 180 days in a residential facility, a ten year suspended prison sentence, and five years of probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections. Judge James Drew also suspended the minimum $1000 fine ordering Barnish to pay $211 in court costs and a $125 surcharge.

Barnish has an extensive criminal record including a felony conviction of possession of 5 grams of methamphetamine in 2006 in which he had also received a ten year suspended prison sentence. He eventually was convicted of a probation violation and was sentenced to the violators program at Oakdale IMCC. In addition Barnish has been in and out of county jail on numerous domestic abuse assault charges and violation of no contact orders.

Barnish remains in the Cerro Gordo County jail waiting bed space at Beje Clark.


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