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Atwater, Minn., man pleads to criminal sexual conduct charge, will face prison time


WILLMAR — Aaron Bobby Phipps, 41, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a third-degree charge of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a woman last summer at a Willmar motel.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and terroristic threats, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced, likely to 77 months in prison, on March 5.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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