MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been sentenced to two years in prison and nearly two years in jail after pleading guilty in October to a number of assault charges involving correctional officers, nurses and a doctor. 

King Allah James, 27, was accused of assaulting two correctional officers who were trying to restrain and move him in October due to his behavior towards other Cerro Gordo County Jail inmates, court documents say.

James poked one in the eye, requiring the officer to be seen in the emergency room, and bit the officer's arm and chest, according to court documents. James was also accused of headbutting the second officer and kicking the officer's face and thigh. 

Judge Karen Salic earlier this month sentenced James to two years in prison for assault on persons in certain occupations. He was also given a $625 fine, which was suspended.

A second count of assault on persons in certain occupations and interference with official acts causing bodily injury was dismissed through a plea agreement.

James was also sentenced on several other charges, which he entered written pleas of guilty to in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

• Assault on persons in certain occupations — James was accused of spitting on a Cerro Gordo County correctional officer in May, according to court documents. Salic ordered him to serve 365 days in jail and to pay a $315 fine.

• Assault on persons in certain occupations — James was accused of spitting on a doctor, biting a nurse’s hand and spitting on her, and biting another nurse’s finger and spitting on her at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in April. Salic sentenced him to 30 days in jail. Two other counts of assault on persons in certain occupations were dismissed through a plea agreement.

James was also sentenced on a probation violation for a domestic abuse assault charge from December 2016. Salic sentenced him to 305 days in jail for violating his probation. 

An assault on persons in certain occupations charge in which law enforcement accused James of spitting on a correctional officer May 20 was dismissed.

James has filed a civil rights complaint against Cerro Gordo County Jail, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, jail staff and others involving incidents at the jail. That complaint is pending in federal court. 

Contact Ashley at 641-421-0556 or on Twitter @GGashkmiller. 

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