District Court, Kandiyohi County, Dec. 11
- Sylvia Jocelyn Caskey, 17, of Spartanburg, S.C., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and damage to property.
The juvenile was sentenced to 90 days of probation, 16 hours of community service and to pay restitution of $60.
As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree burglary, for breaking into her ex-boyfriend's apartment and taking a safe that contained important papers, and a misdemeanor trespassing charge will be dismissed.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were dispatched to an apartment on the city's southwest side around 1:45 a.m. Aug. 8 to investigate a burglary.
The resident showed officers that cardboard next to a window air conditioning unit was moved and that he suspected someone had come through the window. A safe and container, with old coins, was missing. The man said the safe contained his Social Security card, passport, checkbook and a couple of prepaid cell phones. He also said Caskey's birth certificate was in the safe. He had left the apartment around 11 p.m. and returned to find the door unlocked. He suspected Caskey, as they had dated until the day before.
In an interview with police, Caskey said that the man wouldn't give her papers back, so she went into the apartment, gaining access onto the roof and through the window, to get her things. She said she took her Social Security card, birth certificate, pay stubs and other papers that were in the safe. She admitted to gaining access to the safe by throwing it across the floor.
She claimed she had given the man's papers back, but that he wouldn't take the safe back because it was broken. Officers recovered the safe from a home in the city, where Caskey said it would be.
- Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 21, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $50 fine and $150 in restitution on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for his involvement in a June burglary of a rural Lake Lillian home.
He was also ordered to serve 152 days in jail, with credit for 152 days already served, and 100 hours of community work service.
The other eight felony charges, and one gross misdemeanor, for burglary, theft, liability for crimes of another and possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a convict were dismissed Sept. 15 on a judge's order that there was insufficient evidence.
The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called on the evening of June 11 to a rural Lake Lillian home. The residents reported the home had been burglarized while they were at work. Several rooms had been ransacked and a stereo, video game and game cartridges, computer, four long guns, a handgun, five knives, a sewing machine and a jar of coins and bills were missing.
- Reynaldo Alba Gonzales, 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and damage to property for a domestic incident on Nov. 1.
As part of a plea agreement, four felony charges of making terroristic threats and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, plus a misdemeanor domestic assault charge, will be dismissed.
Gonzales agreed to pay restitution and will be sentenced Jan. 16.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 1 to a home in the city's southwest quadrant on a domestic. A woman there said they were moving from one apartment to another, that he was drinking and that they were arguing. She said he left, came back and kicked in a door and cut himself. He became upset and threatened the woman and her son with a knife and choked her with his hands.
The boy confirmed the incident.
While the officer was still at the scene, Alba was located, arrested and taken to jail.