Central Iowa man convicted of shooting, killing nephew sentenced to life in prison

Philip Joens
Des Moines Register

An Adel man convicted of shooting his nephew to death last year was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Jakob Mash, 20, of Perry was found dead at the intersection of K Avenue and 258th Street in rural Adel on Dec. 22 with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. His uncle Mark Mash, 37, of Adel was charged in January with first-degree murder and convicted Aug. 18.

Mark Mash intentionally fired a .22-caliber rifle at a vehicle in which Jakob Mash was a passenger, according to a criminal complaint. It was not clear from the complaint who was driving the vehicle, or at whom Mark Mash was aiming.

Mark Mash was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on the murder charge. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for being convicted on a weapons charge.

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Court records show a lengthy criminal record for Mark Mash, with five felony cases that include an attempted murder charge in 2007 that was dismissed as part of a plea agreement; assault; child endangerment; and several domestic assaults.

Philip Joens covers breaking news for The Des Moines Register. He can be reached at 515-443-3347 at pjoens@registermedia.com or on Twitter @Philip_Joens.