A Mason City man accused of a third offense of domestic abuse assault pleaded guilty Monday in Cerro Gordo County court.
Terry Braun, 54, was accused of his third domestic abuse assault offense, a Class D felony, after he physically abused his significant other on Sept. 3 in their home in Mason City.
Since he pleaded guilty to a forcible felony, he is no longer eligible for bail and his $20,000 bond, which he had posted in mid-September, has been revoked.
County attorney Carlyle Dalen said the state will be pushing for a prison sentence, and the maximum sentence Braun can get in this case is 5 years in prison.
Braun was caught on camera punching and slapping the woman, pulling her hair, stomping on her feet, breaking glasses and brandishing a sharpened putty knife, according to the criminal complaint. He had also held a firearm to the woman's head and, at one point, put it in her mouth.
As a result, she had “severe swelling to her head and face area,” as well as a foot injury.
The woman and Braun had been in a relationship for about 13 years, according to the criminal complaint.
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Braun had his first domestic abuse assault conviction in 2014, and his second in 2016.
In his 2014 conviction, he was sentenced to 2 days in jail for his first domestic abuse assault offense.
In his 2016 conviction, he was sentenced to 2 years prison and a suspended $625 fine. His other charges of third domestic abuse assault offense, false imprisonment, willful injury resulting in bodily injury and first degree harassment were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Braun has another case open for possession of methamphetamine - second offense, which can earn him two years in prison.
If the two cases are sentenced at different times, Braun can get up to 7 years in prison; if they are sentenced at the same time, the two sentences will merge and he will have to serve a maximum of 5 years in prison.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse.