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Domestic abuser allegedly strikes again this weekend

MASON CITY – A convicted domestic abuser struck again this weekend, and this time he faces a felony and potential prison time.

Mason City police responded to a domestic incident Sunday evening at 5:43 PM at 917 North Washington Avenue. At the scene, they located 29-year-old Andrew Joseph Beland. As a result of the incident and investigation by police, Beland was arrested on charges of felony first-degree burglary, felony domestic abuse assault involving strangulation, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal violation of a court-imposed no contact order.

Beland was taken to the county jail and held there on $30,000 bond as he awaits court hearings.

Beland was arrested by Mason City police back on July 9, 2016, for first-offense domestic abuse assault while using a weapon and domestic abuse assault involving strangulation. In a deal made with prosecutors in September, he pled guilty only to domestic abuse assault involving strangulation. Judge Karen Salic imposed a suspended 2-year prison sentence, a suspended fine and probation, thereby letting Beland walk free.

As a result of Beland’s latest violent episode, he is accused of violating the no-contact order, which could result in a 7 day jail term. In addition, Beland is accused of violating his probation from the July 9 incident and could face all or part of his prison term and fine.  Beland is also on probation from a July 29 arrest by the MCPD for assault.  He faces probation revocation in that case, as well.

A judge will again decide his fate.

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