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Man who helped terrorize KIMT employee guilty, then arrested again

MASON CITY – A man who along with a another man helped inject terror into a KIMT employee by pointing a gun at him has been convicted in that crime and then arrested again this weekend in an un-related matter.

Brady Joe Hunt, age 36 allegedly of Hampton, has been found guilty and sentenced after he entered into a plea deal in connection to an incident on November 28, 2016. Mason City police tell NIT that Monday morning, November 28 at 8:30 AM, an employee of KIMT TV reported a car followed him and then pulled up next to his vehicle as he got out in front of the business, located at 112 North Pennsylvania Avenue. A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as 18-year-old Jack Hovenga of Mason City, allegedly pointed a revolver at the male KIMT employee and made a verbal threat to use the weapon against the victim. The frightened man ran inside and called police while the suspect vehicle fled the scene northbound on Penn Avenue, in the direction of Hovenga’s home. A responding Mason City police officer observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description pull into 714 North Penn – the listed address for Hovenga. The officer pulled in to investigate as the driver exited the vehicle and ran inside the residence. The passenger started to exit also but the officer detained him (Hovenga). Back up units were dispatched. The driver, Brady Joe Hunt, was found inside 714 North Penn, hiding in the basement. Hunt had a valid arrest warrant for Parole / Probation Revocation connected to a drug possession case. Hunt was arrested on the warrant.

Both Hovenga and Hunt were charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon (Class D Felony) and 1st Degree Harassment (Aggrav Misdemeanor). Hovenga was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor)and Possess and Convey Contraband inside a Correctional Facility (Class D Felony). Hovenga allegedly had a small baggie of meth hidden on or about his person when taken to jail.

The weapon allegedly displayed ended up to be a very realistic revolver BB Gun.

Hovenga is free awaiting sentencing after he entered an undisclosed guilty plea. He’ll face sentencing February 27.

In January of this year, Hunt entered a guilty plea to felony accessory to a felony. He was given a suspended 2-year prison sentence and a suspended fine. He also pled guilty to third-degree harassment. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 2 years of probation. He must pay $160.00 in court costs.

Hunt was arrested this weekend in Hardin county for driving with a revoked license. He was convicted in 2011 of felony third-offense operating while under the influence. He was sent to the Beje Clark halfway house in 2013 after he violated his probation.

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