MASON CITY – A Mason City man who faced a felony charge of criminal mischief after damaging trees owned by the city in front of his house has pled guilty to a lesser charge.
Robert Willemsen, age 63 of Mason City, was accused of “girdling” three trees located on the parking in front of his residence (between the sidewalk and the street) at 1025 Briarstone Drive before August 12, 2015. The three trees are city-owned and Willemsen is alleged to have girdled the 3 trees without permission or authority.
Girdling is a deep cut around entire trunk circumference, which effectively will kill the trees.
Cost to remove and replace the three trees is estimated around $1,650. Willemsen was cited and released on October 24, 2015 for Second Degree Criminal Mischief, a class “D” felony. Willemsen retained attorney Joseph Lapointe.
On December 8, Willemsen pled guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced the next day to pay $1,575.00 in fines and court costs.