Mason City man accused of burglary pleads guilty to lesser charge, will be heading to prison

MASON CITY — One of two men accused of breaking into a Mason City apartment and stabbing a person earlier this year has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

A criminal complaint states that 22-year-old Nicholas Sage broke into an apartment in the 400 block of North Madison on June 18th, grabbed a victim by the shirt, and then held the person while a second suspect, 22-year-old Nicolas Duarte, unsuccessfully attempted to stab the person in the chest but did stab the person in the arm, resulting in serious injury.

Both men were charged with first-degree burglary, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Duarte earlier this week pleaded guilty to willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony. District Judge Christopher Foy in an order setting a sentencing hearing for October 25th says because the offense is a forcible felony, Duarte will be required to go to prison.

Sage pleaded not guilty to the charge back in August and is due to be tried on November 2nd.

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