Long-delayed conviction results in probation for Mason City man

Charged in 2016 and was a fugitive until 2018.

Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 4:24 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – He was a fugitive from justice for 14 months, now he’ll be on probation for five years.

Lucas Rutta, 35 of Mason City, was charged in December 2016 with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine but didn’t surrender to authorities until February 2018. Authorities said he was found with more than five grams of meth, pills without a prescription, and marijuana.

Rutta pleaded guilty to possession of meth-3rd offense and possession of marijuana-3rd offense and has been sentenced to five years of probation. He must also get a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with all treatment recommendations.

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