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FOREST CITY | A Mason City man arrested in a Forest City drug bust in December 2017 has been sentenced to seven days in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. 

Charles Gene Barnish, 43, was scheduled to be tried Jan. 16 on felony charges of gathering where drugs were used and possession of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine (third offense), both as an habitual felony offender. 

The drug gathering charge was dismissed through a plea bargain, and the other charge was lowered to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine (second offense). 

A $750 fine as suspended. 

Barnish was one of four people arrested at a Forest City residence on Dec. 17, 2017. Methamphetamine was used at the gathering, according to the Forest City Police Department.  

Two minors were living in the house at the time, police say. 

Valerie O'Dell, 43, Forest City, received a suspended five-year prison sentence and was ordered to serve 36 days in jail after pleading guilty to being at a drug gathering and child endangerment. 

Her daughter, Audrey Lynn O'Dell, 21, Mason City, formerly of Forest City, was given a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to a felony charge of gathering where drugs were used and misdemeanor meth possession.  

Joseph Angel Luna III, 29, Mason City, had district court charges of sponsoring, promoting on aiding in a drug gathering and marijuana possession (second offense) dismissed because he pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. 

Luna is now serving a 10-year prison sentence on those charges. 

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