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Forest City man enters plea deal on arson charge

MASON CITY — A Forest City man accused of arson in a Mason City case has agreed to plead guilty.

20-year-old Cedric Harris Junior was accused of threatening to kill a man and dumping gasoline on firewood that was for sale outside of the YesWay store at 1224 North Federal Avenue in the early morning hours of September 22nd of last year. Harris was originally charged with first-degree arson, first-degree harassment, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He was scheduled to have his trial start last week, but online court records show that he’s entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded  guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree arson, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The first-degree arson charge he originally faced is a Class B felony which carries up to a 25 year prison sentence.

Harris is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.


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