WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set Monday at $1.5 million for Leroy Diaz Evans, the Willmar man who faces a charge of first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer for allegedly shooting at a Willmar police officer.
Evans, 26, also faces five first-degree burglary charges for two alleged home invasions that led to the Wednesday evening shooting incident along the 800 block of Second Street Southeast.
Three of Evans' alleged accomplices also appeared Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court.
Bail was set at $800,000 for both Jesus Trevino, 33, and Arcadio Salinas Jr., 23, of Willmar. Trevino faces one charge of aiding and abetting first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer and five first-degree burglary charges.
Salinas and Adrian Salinas, 20, both face one charge of aiding and abetting first-degree murder of a peace officer. Unconditional bail was set at $750,000 for Adrian Salinas.
No conditional bail was set for any of the defendants, who each face the possibility of life in prison if convicted of first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer or aiding and abetting first-degree attempted murder.
Evans and Trevino make their next court appearance on Oct. 4. Both Arcadio Salinas and Adrian Salinas are next slated to appear on Sept. 27.
Assistant Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker requested $2 million bail for Evans and $1 million for each of the other three defendants during their hearings. Baker cited concerns over public safety and the flight risk associated with each man's connections to relatives in other states and the possible sentences of life in prison.
Bail studies referenced at Monday's hearing revealed that Trevino has criminal history in Arizona and Arcadio Salinas was convicted of burglary in 2007. Adrian Salinas has no prior felony convictions.
After Baker requested the $2 million bail, Evans shot back at the attorney: "I am not a menace," he said. "I have a family and I'm human. Don't make me out to be something I'm not."
Judge Donald M. Spilseth cited Evans' criminal history, which includes five executed prison sentences for assault and riot in the past eight years, before setting his bail. He received a two-year stayed sentence after he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree riot for his involvement in the stabbing death of Nathan Hoseck, a 22-year-old Cottonwood man. Evans' brother, Joshua, is serving 16½ years for his involvement in the stabbing.
"(You) have a history of extreme violence," Spilseth said before setting the bail. "I have no alternative but to set a high bail to protect public safety."
Trevino is represented by attorney Manuel Guerrero and public defenders were appointed for the other three defendants.