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Mason City man evades felony domestic abuse charge in plea deal

This news story was published on September 24, 2016.
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MASON CITY, IOWA – A Mason City man who was hauled to jail this summer after he was allegedly witnessed beating a woman on a boat at Clear Lake was sent to jail after a plea deal.

On July 3, 2016 around 5:30 PM, Cerro Gordo County deputies were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress on a dock near the 2700 block of North Shore Drive in Clear Lake, Iowa. A driver passing by called dispatch stating they saw an adult male striking an adult female in a boat. After deputies arrived and investigated, 27-year-old Preston Waldschmidt of Mason City was arrested for felony domestic assault. The alleged victim was a 25-year-old woman from Mason City.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resource officers also responded to the incident and assisted on the scene. As a result, Waldschmidt was charged with felony domestic abuse assault involving strangulation and a no-contact order was put in place.

Waldschmidt initially entered a not-guilty plea. A few weeks later, in August, Waldschmidt pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault causing injury. A judge earlier denied his request to lift the no-contact order.

At sentencing this month, Waldschmidt was given 365 days in jail with all but 2 suspended. He was put on probation and ordered to pay $680.75 in fines and court fees. A judge lifted the no-contact order in the case. Waldschmidt is now in jail, serving his sentence.

Waldschmidt, Preston Michael

Waldschmidt, Preston Michael

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5 Responses to Mason City man evades felony domestic abuse charge in plea deal

  1. Sandra Uhlenhopp Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I don’t think a woman should be able to have a say about the charges because when your with a abusive man they can control or persuade them in ways we don’t understand. The auorities should proceed with the information at hand and take actio, period. Woman hit to protect and men hit to control most All cases.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2016 at 6:02 am

    thats the way some women are, call the law when they get hit and then beat the officers/battier to the pd to bail them out. the next morning they are at the county attorneys office wanting the no-contact order dissolved. seen it 100’s of times

  3. Nora Hensley Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, so two days in jail, fines, and court costs. 🙁

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Amen Katie

  5. Katie Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I hope the lifting of the no contact order doesn’t mean the woman took him back. If I were she, I’d want that order in effect forever.