Man faces assault charge after Iowa City fight leads to broken jaw

Victim's jaw required surgical repair, was wired shut for several weeks

Published: January 29 2014 | 7:05 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:49 am in

A University of Iowa student faces up to five years in prison for breaking a man's jaw last September.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, on Sept. 27, 2013, 20-year-old Shane B. Kelly was walking in the area of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street with two friends. Police said Kelly and his friends passed two men walking in the opposite direction. When they passed, Kelly allegedly asked the men if they were gay and an argument ensued, police said.

Police said during the argument Kelly hit one of the men in the face. That man's jaw was broken in two places, had to be surgically repaired and was wired shut for several weeks, police said.

Two witnesses identified Kelly as the man who caused the injury. He was arrested this week and faces one count of assault causing serious injury, a class D felony.

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