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Woman who burned down Mason City house gets probation



This news story was published on February 11, 2018.
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MASON CITY – A woman who burned down a house in Mason City last year is guilty of arson and has been put on probation.

On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at about 1:48 PM, the Mason City Police Department and the Mason City Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 218 8th Place South East. When police and fire arrived on scene, they discovered a fully engulfed structure. The Mason City Fire Department was able to extinguish the flames resulting in no personal injury or damage to other properties.

During the initial response, police personal were provided information that the fire was intentionally set. Witnesses provided law-enforcement with the name of a possible suspect. The Mason City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division was requested to assist along with the Mason City Fire Department Fire Marshall’s Office as well.

During a joint investigation, it was determined that Donyale Jones, age 29 of Mason City, was responsible for setting the fire. She was charged with Arson 2nd Degree, a Class “C” Felony and transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail for processing. A Class “C” Felony has a $10,000 dollar bond and is punishable up to 10 years in prison.

See original story on this incident, here.

After originally proclaiming her innocence, Jones entered into a plea deal in the case. On February 8, 2018, Jones was sentenced to 4 years of probation and up to 180 days in a residential facility. A 10-year prison sentence was suspended, as was a $1,000 fine.

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6 Responses to Woman who burned down Mason City house gets probation

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    That will certainly teach her a lesson. It will only take 6 months until she does it again.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 9:23 am

      There use to be a guy named Cleo around Mason City years ago. He had a rather large head and rode a bicycle around. He was a firebug too.

  2. Tom Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 7:58 am

    She got her wish, Keith’s gone now.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Just a thought here. But this guy that builds rockets, Elon Musk, is selling personal flamethrowers for $500 a pop. This can’t end well with today’s volatile society filled with mass shooting, destructive protests, massive marches, desperate people that are on the verge of financial ruin, etc. Silly season has arrived.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 3:35 am

      If I see these simple contraptions on Walmart shelves it’s time to buy a plane ticket and fly far, far away.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 1:37 am

    hip hip hooray for the FD, they saved the basement