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Newell Man Sentenced to Over 20 Years in Prison

October 27, 2020 10:00am

A Newell man has been sentenced in Buena Vista County District Court to more than 20 years in prison on Arson and other charges.

26-year-old Brent Mack was sentenced for 2nd Degree Arson, a Class C Felony...Lascivious Acts with a Child, a Class C Felony...and two counts of Indecent Contact with a Child, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Mack was sentenced to ten years for each Class C Felony and two years for each of the Aggravated Misdemeanors. He was sentenced to up to 24 years with the Iowa Department of Corrections. Mack will also need to register as a sex offender and be on parole for the remainder of his life after serving his sentence.

In September of 2017, the structure at 111 South Fulton Street in Newell was considered a total loss due to fire. Mack was in the area of the fire prior to the arrival of responders, and Mack claimed to have specific knowledge about the spread of the fire.

Mack was arrested in Sac County in August of last year for allegedly starting a fire in a corn crib in rural Sac County. Mack was a volunteer fire fighter at that time.

Mack was also on probation from a previous charge of Impersonating a Public Official, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. He had been sentenced to a two- year suspended prison term, and was placed on probation through the Iowa Department of Corrections in February of 2018. Following Mack's sentencing in the felony cases, his probation was revoked and the original sentence was imposed.