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Woman pleads not guilty to punching a Cerro Gordo county jailer

Arrested in July for public intoxication.

Posted: Aug. 13, 2018 8:24 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – A Coralville woman is set to stand trial for punching a Cerro Gordo County jailer in the face.

Misty Lea Whitecotton, 40, pleaded not guilty Monday to assault on person engaged in certain occupations resulting injury. She was arrested in Clear Lake on July 2 for public intoxication and authorities say while Whitecotton was being moved to another cell, she struck a county correctional officer in the face with a closed fist. The jailer suffered a black eye with swelling and redness.

Whitecotton’s trial is due to being on November 6.

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