Iowa man convicted of trespassing; burglary charges dismissed

On Aug. 14, Morrison County District Court convicted Justin Craig Venard, 35, Mason City, Iowa, of misdemeanor counts of trespassing. The felony count of first degree burglary was dismissed.

On April 22, a report was received by the Little Falls Police Department that a man was yelling that someone was coming after him. The man then threw wood chunks at a storage shed. When the victim tried to speak to the man, he took off running and yelled at someone that he was going to “kill them.”

The victim returned home, walked into his garage and noticed the other man there, holding a metal pipe.

Law enforcement arrived and the victim said he was upset thinking that the man was in his garage and his family was home.

While in the garage, the man had stolen a can of beer from the refrigerator and was drinking it. Law enforcement placed the man under arrest.

The man was identified as Venard, who was uncooperative and acting very strangely.

Venard pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given credit for the 113 days already served. He was fined $100.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the charge of burglary was dismissed by Judge Conrad Freeberg because he found there was insufficient evidence that the defendant had committed a theft.