MASON CITY – A man who was jailed 5 years ago after he and other men took baseball bats to two victims is back in jail after beating another man.
Mason City police tell NIT the latest beating took place on the afternoon of July 5, 2016. At 3:55 PM that day, officers were dispatched to the area of 2nd Street NW Jefferson Avenue on a report of a physical assault. Police say “the alleged assailant(s) left in a vehicle before police arrived. A male found at the scene was conscious but had a swollen eye and other possible injuries to his head and body.”
The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital for medical attention.
A police investigation pointed to 25-year-old Brandon Kropf as the male who allegedly assaulted the victim. Officers applied for a warrant charging Kropf with Serious Assault (serious misdemeanor).
Kropf turned himself in to the jail the next day, July 6, at 9:05 PM on the valid arrest warrant. Bond was posted and Kropf was released from jail on the serious assault charge, pending court appearances.
The serious assault charge was amended up to a Willful Injury resulting in a Serious Injury charge – a Class C (Forcible) Felony – and a new warrant was issued for Kropf’s arrest. Mason City police officers arrested him at Northside Liquor, 1303 North Federal, on July 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM. Bond was posted that same day and Kropf was released.
In a plea deal, Kropf pled guilty to just simple assault. On October 5, 2016, Kropf turned himself in to serve a 30 day jail sentence. He must also pay $482.00 in court costs.
Brandon Kropf is no stranger to beating people up.
On April 3, 2011 at approximately 12:13 AM, Mason City police officers were called to the 500 block of 8th Street SE in Mason City for a disturbance call. Upon officer’s arrival, Mason City Fire Department was also requested to respond to the scene. Jay Barrientes and Tony Walker, both of Mason City, were transported to Mercy Hospital East Campus for injuries received during a fight at the above location.
Mason City Police Department Investigators arrested Brandon Kropf and his older brother Jared Kropf in connection with that incident.
Brandon and Jared Kropf had been out on bail since April of 2011 for the assaults against Walker and Barrientes, which caused Barrientes to be seriously injured requiring intensive care at St. Mary’s in Rochester. Allegedly, bats and crowbars were used to strike the men during the fight on April 3rd, 2011.
At sentencing on July 10, 2012, Assistant Chief Judge James M. Drew sentenced both men to the maximum of up to five years in prison on one amended class “D” felony charge of willful injury causing bodily injury each. Both men were later released from prison.
Judge Drew ordered Brandon and Jared Kropf to jointly pay $14,573.82 related to their victim’s medical bills. As part of the plea agreement Judge Drew dismissed one of two class “C” felony charges of willful injury causing serious injury against Brandon Kropf.