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Prosecutors recommend probation for Mason City teen who has pleaded guilty to gang-related charges

MASON CITY — A Mason City teen facing gang and terrorism-related charges has pleaded guilty. 

16-year-old Justin Gilmore was arrested in March after an investigation that started last November where authorities believed there was a credible threat toward specific locations in Mason City. Court documents stated that Gilmore allegedly participated in or was a member of a criminal street gang and willfully aided and abetted any criminal act committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang.

Gilmore pleaded guilty on Monday in Cerro Gordo County District Court to charges of providing support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, criminal gang participation and gang recruitment. Prosecutors as part of a plea agreement are recommending suspended prison sentences and probation on each count.

Gilmore is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4th.


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