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Plea deal announced in Mason City arson case

Front door still in front yard after fire
Front door still in front yard after fire

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman will spend up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to intentionally setting a fire at an apartment house near downtown Mason City in April.

Jacque Sue Paulsen, age 32 formerly of Clear Lake, was scheduled to stand trial on July 8th on a charge of felony B first degree arson. Paulsen had pled not guilty in May, but at a plea change hearing on July 14th, she pled guilty to second degree arson.

On August 25th, Paulsen was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and assessed $2,710.00 in fines, court fees and restitution to the building owner, Russ Hardy.

Mason City police, fire, and Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a fire at 231 West State Street in Mason City at about 7:50 PM on the evening of April 21, 2014. Firefighters used force to enter the front door of the dwelling, where there are four apartments. A fire was on the second floor, in an apartment there. Approximately $70,000 worth of damage was done ($60K to property, $10K to contents). The multi-family dwelling was recently remodeled.

No one was inside the apartment but there were occupants in the other apartments in the building. No one was injured during the fire.

Paulsen, Jacque Sue HEADED TO PRISON
Paulsen, Jacque Sue

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