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Mason City woman guilty of assault

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman didn’t play nice at a Clear Lake bar and now has been found guilty of assault causing injury.

According to Clear Lake Police, Elizabeth Michelle Stephani, 36, “struck two women in the face with a closed fist at the Island Bar on July 3rd at 1:20 a.m.”

Stephani was found guilty by a jury on August 27th of the latest assault charges.  She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, a $315 fine and 1 year of probation.  She is now being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $1,000 cash bond and will go before a judge on October 23rd o determine whether her current probation should be revoked.

Stephani plead guilty to driving while barred in 2004 and was given a deferred judgement by Judge Carlynn Grupp and given community service and probation.  However, Gruppp found Stephani guilty of violating a previous probation status and she was given a $500 fine and 7 days in jail.

Stephani was previously found guilty of 3rd degree burglary in 1997 by Judge John Ayers and given a $100 fine.  Judge Bryan McKinley dismissed charges of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony in that case.

In addition, Stephani had 2nd degree theft charges dismissed in 2002 by Judge McKinley; was found guilty of 5th degree theft, assault and and disorderly conduct in 1998 and given $338 in fines and court costs by Judge Charles Biebesheimer; was found guilty of harassment in 1997 by Judge John Cherry and given $122.50 in fines and court costs; was found guilty by Judge Colleen Weiland in 2003 of public intoxication and fined $90; had 5th degree theft charges brought by the Mason City Police Department in 2005 dismissed by Judge Colleen Weiland; found guilty in 2005 of 5th degree theft by Judge Charles Biebesheimer; plead guilty in 2006 to fighting/disorderly conduct in Clear Lake; was found guilty of city code violations in Mason City involving animals in 1999 and 2005; and other violations.

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