IOWA CITY – A Mason City man now says he is guilty in an assault case in which he allegedly decked a young lady in Iowa City, causing a serious injury.
Iowa City police officers were called to investigate an incident that took place Saturday, September 10 at about 9:03 PM. According to a police report, a male assaulted a female near Burlington and Governor streets, not far from the downtown area. Witnesses identified 18-year-old Jefferson Michael Billick as the male suspect. Witnesses told police that Billick threw the female victim – a 19-year-old female from Mason City who NIT is not naming – to the ground “and then punched her in the mouth causing one of her teeth to fall out. The victim complained of pain, had a tooth missing and said it felt like some of her other teeth had been moved.”
Billick, a 2016 graduate of Mason City High School, was arrested on a serious misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury and a charge of willful injury causing serious injury and taken to the county jail.
NIT is told that the victim, an accomplished 2015 graduate of Mason City High School, suffered a broken jaw in three places. According to our source, the incident began with an argument over a bill at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Our source described the assault: “Apparently Billick become disgruntled and did not want to pay for his meal and was being a ‘dick’ to the girls. He left and went outside. (Victim name redacted) stepped up and paid for his meal… then went outside and confronted Billick, asked why he was being like this. Apparently, Billick puts (victim name redacted) in a head lock, whips her to the ground … she gets back up and he punched her square in the side of the face – breaking her jaw in three places.”
Billick was later freed from jail and entered a not-guilty plea. He was ordered by a judge to keep his attorney advised of his whereabouts, and a no-contact order was imposed upon him with the alleged victim.
However, on January 20, 2017, Billick entered a guilty plea in this case. Details of the plea were not immediately available, but he is now scheduled to be sentenced on the morning of March 27.