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Mason City woman gets 6 felony charges dropped in plea bargain

MASON CITY – Although Shannon Renae Lybarger, age 25, of Mason City has kept local law enforcement busy with at least six arrests that included 9 felony charges and 2 misdemeanor since August 12th, 2011, she will not be sent to prison.

Lybarger was charged with one class D felony count of 2nd degree possession of stolen property in October 2011 by Mason City Police.

Later in October 2011 Lybarger was charged by Mason City Police with two class D felony counts of forgery, three class d felony counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, and one class B felony count of ongoing criminal conduct.

While on pre-trial release on those charges Lybarger was again arrested by Mason City Police in May2012 and charged with one class d felony count of 3rd degree burglary and one class d felony count of forgery.

Court records show Lybarger entered voluntary negated guilty pleas to three of the nine felony charges on July 9th before being released from the Cerro Gordo County jail following the plea change hearing.

Lybarger pled guilty to one class D felony count of 2nd degree possession of stolen property, one class D felony counts of forgery, and one class d felony count of 3rd degree burglary.

At a scheduled sentencing hearing on Monday, August 27th, presiding District Court Judge Colleen D. Weiland sentenced Lybarger to three separate five year suspended prison sentences. Instead of prison Weiland ordered Lybarger to Beje Clarks residential facility for 180 days or until maximum benefits are achieved. Judge Weiland ordered Lybarger to pay $2,067 in public defender costs, court costs, and surcharges. Lybarger must also pay $500 restitution in the possession of stolen property case.

Judge Weiland also suspended three $750 civil penalties in the convictions. Judge Weiland then dismissed on application two class D felony counts of forgery, three class d felony counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, and one class B felony count of ongoing criminal conduct.

In addition three contempt of court charges were dismissed by Judge Weiland related to Lybarger’s violations of pre-trial release while awaiting depositions in her criminal cases.

SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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