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Mason City sex offender gets little jail time

MASON CITY – Convicted tier three sex offender Mark Hoffman, age 51, and of 115 16th Street SE in Mason City was sentenced to 30 days in county jail after negotiated voluntary guilty plea to an aggravated misdemeanor count of failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

Hoffman had originally pled not guilty, but plea change hearing was scheduled days before a December 15th trial date was set to start. Hoffman could have been sentenced up to two years in prison for failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

On Monday, January 23rd, Judge Gregg Rosenblant also sentenced Hoffman two an additional two days in jail for a possession of methamphetamine. Judge Rosenblant suspended the minimum fines for the registry violation ordering Hoffman to pay $180 in court costs, sheriff fees, and lawyer costs.

Mark Hoffman is listed as a tier 3 sex offender on the Iowa State Sex Offender Registry stemming from an incident that started in a bar parking lot of Mason City in August 1995. Kenneth Sharp and Mark Hoffman both where arrested that August for 1st degree kidnapping and raping an adult female at knife point. Before Hoffman’s trial he entered a voluntary negotiated guilty plea, instead pleading guilty to a lesser crime of aiding and abetting sexual abuse 3rd degree, receiving up to a 10 year prison sentence.

Kenneth Sharp went to trial and was found guilty of the original charge of 1st degree kidnapping, a class A felony. Sharp received a sentence of life in prison for that conviction. In 2008 Kenneth Sharp tried appealing his conviction and the Iowa State Court of Appeals affirmed that conviction, he remains in prison serving a life sentence.

Following a separate investigation in November 2005 Mark Hoffman’s was charged with aggravated domestic assault resulting in injury and 3rd degree kidnapping. The charges stemmed from an incident in which he was alleged to of held a woman in her apartment over a weekend until she escaped and called law enforcement. He was found guilty this time with lessor crimes of 2nd offense domestic assault and false imprisonment. Mark Hoffman received 3 years in prison on these convictions.

Mark Hoffman is currently in the Cerro Gordo County Jail serving 32 days. According to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s inmate population report Hoffman may be eligible to be released 6 days early for good behavior.

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