- Digna Xiomara Munoz, 33, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of aggravated forgery for using another woman's identity to obtain a state identification card.
As part of a plea agreement, nine other felony charges, in two court files, of forgery, perjury, check forgery and aggravated forgery were dismissed.
She was also sentenced to 56 days in jail, with credit for 56 days served, and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
One set of charges was filed after the Willmar Police Department began investigating the use of a false name by someone identified as Munoz in January. The woman had been identified by agents from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Honduran national who was in the country illegally. She worked at Jennie-O Turkey Store under the identity of Carmen Yadria Mayol-Soto. Local officials also obtained a photo of Munoz from ICE.
An inquiry to the state Department of Public Safety revealed a driver's license/identification card application in the Mayol-Soto name in July 2006. The photo on the ID matched that of Munoz.
Officers received several employment documents from Jennie-O Turkey Store, signed in October 2006 in the Mayol-Soto name. The photo connected to the employment documents matched that of Munoz.
Another set of charges was filed in March 2005, stemming from a March 30, 2005, traffic stop of a vehicle by the Willmar Police Department. The car, stopped for an improper lane change, contained three females and a male who didn't speak English. The officer, through an interpreter, learned that each person had a false identity that was used to work at Jennie-O. Munoz was a passenger in the vehicle, and first gave her name as Grisselle Hernandez, but later produced identification as Munoz. The women told the officer they had paid $5,000 for their false identity paperwork and to be smuggled from Honduras into the United States.
- Maria Rita Velasquez, 47, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault against a police officer.
As part of a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor for assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Feb. 6.
Willmar police were called on the morning of April 3 to a disturbance reported in the neighborhood of West Litchfield Avenue and 11th Street. Two officers found Velasquez out in the yard, crying and wearing only a T-shirt, and claiming that someone stole her pants and some money.
She appeared disoriented and tested positive for alcohol, and the officers brought her to a detoxification center. Court records said Velasquez was verbally abusive and threatened one of the officers with the "Texas Mafia." She also dug her nails into the officer's hand and spit at the officer.
- Deallo Deontray Felder, 20, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on felony charges of falsely impersonating another and aggravated forgery.
Unconditional bail was set at $7,500 with conditional bail at $3,000. His next appearance is Dec. 29. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for identity theft.
According to the complaint, around 10 p.m. Sunday, Willmar police went to an address along the 1100 block of 24th Street Northwest to find an individual named Jonathan Alexander Johnson. A man there said his name was Felder and gave a Minnesota driver's license in that name as identification. However, his photo matched that of Johnson and he had tattoos on his forearm that matched those taken at Johnson's booking into jail.
He was arrested and admitted to using the Johnson name, including when he was arrested for driving while impaired. He was taken to the county jail.
A check of records showed that Felder was cited for fourth-degree driving while impaired on Sept. 18 and appeared in court on Oct. 29. He had pleaded guilty and signed court documents in the Johnson name.
- Lorenzo Rene Portillo, 19, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on felony charges of first-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 with conditional bail at $2,500. His next court date is Dec. 29
According to the complaint, around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Willmar Police were called to a home along the 1400 block of Lakeland Drive on a report that a Ford Taurus had been stolen.
Three people said they received a call from someone asking where they were because the vehicle was not in the driveway. They discovered the vehicle was gone and inside the home, observed a cigarette on the end table that was not theirs, the front door was unlocked and a jacket and other items were on the floor.
The complainants had called are law enforcement agencies and discovered the vehicle was towed in the Redwood Falls area. They believed Portillo had taken the vehicle and filed a motor vehicle theft report.
The local officers contacted the Lower Sioux Police, who reported that an officer had found the vehicle along the side of the road around 6 a.m. and had it towed around 8:45 a.m. The officer received a call from what sounded like an elderly female around 9:40 a.m. claiming that the car ran out of gas. The local officer called the number and during the conversation, heard a male voice, identified later as Portillo, say the car belonged to the person reporting it stolen.
Portillo was interviewed, claimed he bought the car the previous day for $700 cash and that he didn't receive a title. He said he visited Willmar and drove to Morton early in the morning before the car ran out of gas.
The officer confirmed that the person reporting the vehicle stolen hadn't sold the vehicle. Portillo was arrested and transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail.