North Iowa man fights sentencing

MASON CITY, Iowa – A man convicted of going on a crime spree in North Iowa in 2014 is back in court Monday.

In October of 2014, police say 26-year-old Michael Wilson broke into ATM machines at Lakeside Pit-Stop and Rumorz Bar in Clear Lake.  They say he later stole a truck, drove it into a cornfield, and set it on fire.  In February of 2015, he pleaded guilty to arson, two counts of burglary, possession of meth, and criminal mischief as a habitual offender.  He was sentenced to 55 years in prison and was back before a judge Monday claiming that sentence was illegal.

“What’s the purpose of the habitual offender? Does it enhance every single felony for the rest of my life? Is that what it’s saying here?” Michael Wilson said.

Because of his criminal record prior to his 2015 convictions, the judge had sentenced him as a habitual offender, meaning he received more lengthy sentences on each of his charges.

Wilson presented his case, saying he feels not all of his charges should count as habitual offenses.  Instead, he wants the judge to only consider one of the charges as a habitual offense.  A ruling will be issued at a later date.

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