MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man received a deferred judgement in a felony burglary case.
Daniel Franken, age 24, was originally charged with felony second degree burglary in connection with an incident in Mason City on September 25, 2014. At 2:17 AM that morning, a violation of a no-contact order between Franken and his alleged victim of domestic abuse was reported in the 500 block of 21st Street SE, where his victim lived. Police told NIT that Franken reportedly entered the residence of the protected party. Once inside, Franken allegedly assaulted the protected party and obstructed attempts to contact police. A family member chased Franken from the residence and he left in a vehicle. Franken was located a short time later at his parents’ house in Clear Lake. Franken was charged with second degree burglary; violation of a no-contact order; obstruction of emergency communications; and 5th degree criminal mischief after police discovered that the victim’s vehicle had fresh damage apparently caused by Franken. He was released from jail on November 26 when he posted a $50,000 cash bond via a wire transfer, and had awaited trial ever since. The alleged female victim had been protected by a no-contact order ever since Franken was arrested on a felony domestic abuse assault charge that involved strangulation. He later entered a guilty plea to assault causing bodily injury in that case, and the protection order remained in-tact. He was accused four times of violating that no-contact order and still has court proceedings to resolve those matters.
Judge Rustin Davenport on March 27 sentenced Franken as part of a deferred judgement to 5 years of probation and ordered him to pay $51,055.00 in court fees, costs, fines and other charges. He must also submit a DNA sample to be kept on file by the state.