MASON CITY – A Meservey man accused of choking his wife while holding a child has pled guilty to a lesser crime in that incident.
A domestic abuse incident was reported to police before noon on Sunday, August 30 in Meservey. A deputy arrived and investigated and determined that 42-year-old Ryan Lynn Pals had assaulted his wife while she was holding a 7-year-old child on steps at Meservey’s First Reformed Church. He allegedly attempted to choke the woman. Pals was arrested that day on a charge of felony domestic abuse assault involving strangulation as well as a charge of child endangerment. He was later accused of violating a no-contact order in the case.
On October 23, Pals pled guilty to aggravated misdemeanor domestic abuse assault involved strangulation. He was given a 365 day jail sentence with all but 2 days suspended. A $625.00 fine was suspended, but he must serve 2 years of probation and submit a DNA sample. The charge of child endangerment was dismissed, as was the charge of violating the no-contact order. That protective order was extended to 2020. Pals is serving his jail sentence at this time.