MASON CITY – A Mason City man eluded a felony drug charge while pleading guilty to theft, drug possession and other crimes.
North Iowa law enforcement arrested and charged 23-year-old Todd Aaron Howard Hamilton Sutton in 2014 on more than one occasion for various crimes. Sutton was charged with fourth degree theft after an incident on November 28, 2014. Loss prevention at the Mason City Wal-Mart had Sutton detained at the store and police were called to make the arrest. He was stopped by a Cerro Gordo deputy on December 23, 2014 just before 9 PM near 5th Street SW and Adams Avenue. He was arrested on a charge of driving while barred. When he was taken to the county jail, he was discovered to have marijuana. He was then charged with possession of marijuana and felony possession of contraband in a correctional institution.
In court on March 17, 2015, Sutton agreed to a plea deal. The felony possession of contraband in a correctional institution charge was dismissed. He pleaded guilty to driving while barred and possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to jail for 7 days and ordered to pay $1,654.00 in fines and court fees.
Earlier, Sutton was charged with fifth degree theft after an incident on November 10 at a Mason City business. He pleaded guilty on January 9, 2015 and was ordered to pay $514.80 in fines and court fees.
He was also convicted of lying to a police officer and driving while barred in 2011 after he was stopped by the Laurens police department in Pocahontas county.
Sutton has displayed violent tendencies. He was convicted of assault causing bodily injury in 2012 as well as assault in 2013 in Buena Vista county.