Mason City woman sentenced to probation after shooting at Albert Lea hotel

(ABC6 News) – A Mason City woman was convicted of firing a gun at an Albert Lea hotel in October 2021.

Jessica Ann Hutfles was found guilty of felony 2nd-degree assault with a deadly weapon Thursday. She will spend five years on probation, to be monitored by the MN Department of Corrections.

If she completes her probation, Hutfles’ conviction will be changed to a misdemeanor.

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Hutfles spent 154 days in Freeborn County Jail. As part of her probation, she will enter and complete chemical dependency treatment beginning March 29.

Two additional charges, of carrying a pistol in a public place without a permit and intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety, were dismissed.

Thursday morning, attorney Grant D. Sanders submitted a motion for a dispositional departure, which could have lightened Hutfles’ sentence, arguing that she was “ particularly amenable to treatment and probation.”

A downward disposal departure is a request for a judge to impose a sentencing that omits prison time. Instead, the defendant would be put on probation, or the sentence could include both prison time and probation.

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Hutfles was arrested in October of 2021, after firing a bullet into a door at a Motel 6.