District Court, Kandiyohi County, Dec. 18
Emmanuel Briones, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,500 fine and 10 years of probation on a felony charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual relations with a then-15-year-old girl.
He also faces a 10-year conditional release period and was ordered to serve 132 days in jail, with credit for 132 days already served. Briones must also register as a predatory offender and pay restitution.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony criminal sexual charge was dismissed.
The charges were filed against Briones and Augustine Sanchez, 19, of Willmar, after Willmar police learned of the July 14 incident. Two girls, both 15 at the time, were brought to a medical clinic by their parents/guardians on the evening of July 15. The girls had run away the previous day.
The girls told an investigator they had gone to a house on Olena Avenue. At some point during the evening, the girls had sex with Sanchez and Briones. The girls told Willmar police they stayed at the house until 6:30 a.m. the next day, when Briones walked them home.
The charges against Sanchez were dismissed by the prosecuting attorney on Sept. 24. According to court documents, the dismissal was necessary because the 15-year-old victim in the case had told Sanchez she was 16 years old.