An 18-year-old man arrested after shooting at an occupied car in Mason City and injuring a police officer in November has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

Manuel Alexander Zamorano, 18, was initially charged with felony terrorism, misdemeanor assault on persons in certain occupations causing bodily injury, assault on persons in certain occupations, interference with official acts and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana - first offense.

His charge was amended to felony intimidation with a dangerous weapon - no intent as part of a plea agreement April 8.

Zamorano is accused of firing four shots at a car with three people inside it or possibly at a nearby person in the 900 block of Eighth Street Southeast, near South Kentucky Avenue, on Nov. 24, 2018. Neither the car nor the people inside were struck by bullets, according to police.

Witnesses directed officers to Zamorano, the person they said shot the gun, police said. Police recovered a 9 mm handgun believed to be used in the shooting from a nearby flowerbed.

Zamorano is also accused of assaulting a state trooper while being arrested, according to court documents. The trooper sustained a cut to his right pinky finger, according to court documents.

Court documents say Zamorano spit "bloody bodily fluids" on a Mason City police officer during his arrest.

After searching Zamorano, police found marijuana in his front left jean pocket, court documents said.

Zamorano filed a written guilty plea March 19. In the plea, Zamorano admits to discharging a 9mm handgun at a vehicle occupied by three people.

The maximum sentence is up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $7,500.

According to the plea agreement, the county attorney agreed to recommend five years in prison and a $750 suspended fine.

Since he entered a guilty plea to a forcible felony, Zamorano is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond until sentencing.  

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 20 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

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