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UPDATED: No “bodily injury” in domestic assault with strangulation, so no felony charge


This news story was published on December 14, 2012.
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UPDATED: Dec. 14th 4:20 PM – Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen confirmed that Bryon Sletton of Mason City was charged in district court Friday with an aggravated misdemeanor regarding the domestic assault arrest on December 9th.  Dalen said that only in the case where the victim suffers “bodily injury” can felony D charges be brought.

Sources told NIT that Sletton’s victim suffered “swelling in neck muscle, bruising various places on body (shoulder, elbow, knees, forearms), muscle tear of previous surgical incision in chest.”  The source also said that when the victim called her regular physician, “they directed (her) to the ER.”

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MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested Sunday morning after a domestic incident.

Bryon Michael Sletten, 46, was arrested at a location in the 600 block of South Connecticut Avenue by Mason City police at about 1:20 AM Sunday.  He was charged with aggravated domestic assault by strangulation.  Police could not release details on the condition of the victim.

Sletton was arrested after another violent exchange earlier this month after a fight in downtown Mason City.  Police said Sunday that they had witnessed Sletten engaged in an altercation on December 1st with a man named John Smith at the 200 block of North Federal Avenue in an alley.  Sletten was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Sletton is a convicted felon who has served time in Iowa penitentiaries.  He owes the courts thousands of dollars in unpaid fines, fees and restitution.  His record includes convictions due to harassment, assault, operating while intoxicated, driving while barred, theft, probation violations and more.

Bryon Sletten
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

Bryon Sletten lead away by police

Bryon Sletten lead away by police

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10 Responses to UPDATED: No “bodily injury” in domestic assault with strangulation, so no felony charge

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    someday Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    112 reasons for swelling neck muscle, strangulation is not one of them.

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    someday Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Iam starting to think that Sletten is the victim. Does anyone other than Sletten have any injurys to them.

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    someday Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2012 at 4:43 am

    The mother of Lisa Rodberg as mad false statments to the police before and has a long history of mental problems, drug addiction and child abuse to all of her kids.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    So apparently the victim needs a lung exposed or something for this douche to be properly charged? This judicial system sucks. And was this guy eating shit when his mugshot was taken or what?

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    Joey Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    What did she expect dading a known criminal. It’s all fun and games until somebody does the last line.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    So what is bodily injury? Broken hyoid bone?

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    December 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This guy needs to be put away for a long time with anger management therapy.

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    MrsS Reply Report comment

    December 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Damn South End, should bulldoze the whole thing.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    @Matt-he was arrested in the South End. These rejects come to the North End and do their crimes then run home to the Damn South End.

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    Matt Reply Report comment

    December 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Damn north end!