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Man who burglarized Mason City storage unit sent to state prison


This news story was published on October 16, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A Mason City man who helped burglarize a storage unit has been sent back to prison.

Tyler Lee Donahoo, age 22, had originally been given a deferred judgement in July of 2013 after he was accused, along with other young men, of stealing a Yamaha dirt bike from Hawkeye Storage in Mason City in December of 2012. In December of 2013, he was found guilty of violating his 5-year probation in that case, which involved a guilty plea to felony third degree burglary. Donahoo had been caught in April of 2013 drunk driving and in possession of marijuana.

After several other arrests and/or charges resulting in at least 5 contempt of court / probation violations over the next two years, Donahoo was finally sent to prison in October of 2015.  He was given a 5-year suspended prison sentence after his second probation violation in 2014.  There he stayed until he was released in the spring of 2016, after he served several months of his sentence.

This past May, Donahoo – who has lived mostly in Mason City but occasionally in Forest City – allegedly admitted that he violated his probation yet again.  A warrant for his arrest was issued by a judge, and Clear Lake police were able to locate and arrest him on June 23.  Donahoo was taken to the Cerro Gordo county jail and held on $10,000 bond.  He appeared in court Tuesday, June 28 to face another probation revocation hearing, with the possibility of a return trip back to a state prison.

Court records show that Judge James Drew found Donahoo guilty that day of violating his probation. A previous sentence of 5 years in prison was imposed. A couple days later, Donahoo was shipped to the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City, Iowa to serve his sentence.

Donahoo's latest prison photo

Donahoo’s latest prison photo

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2 Responses to Man who burglarized Mason City storage unit sent to state prison

  1. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Five years is around $100,000.00 of tax payer money down the drain.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I hope they keep him the entire five years.