District Court, Kandiyohi County, Feb. 3
- Sergio Ramos, 33, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge for possessing methamphetamine.
As part of a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor charge for driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety will be dismissed. He will be sentenced March 23.
The charges were filed after a Willmar Police officer was in the parking lot of the Kandi Entertainment Center around 11:55 p.m. Dec. 20 and observed a man he recognized as Ramos walk out of the establishment, get into a car and drive away. The officer verified that he was driving after cancellation and stopped the vehicle. Ramos was arrested and, during booking, a small baggie of a white crystal substance fell out of his clothing while jail attendants were taking photos of his tattoos. The substance tested positive as methamphetamine.
- Eswin Rojas, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced to five years of probation, a $50 fine and 56 days in jail on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.
Rojas, who is also known as Isaias Jimenez Gallegos, was also ordered to cooperate with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As part of a plea agreement, another charge for aggravated forgery was dismissed.
The charges were filed after an incident on Oct. 2 when Willmar police were called to a burglary and assault along 14th Street Southwest. A man there identified himself as Gallegos, said his wife's real name was Sara Rojas and said he used the Gallegos name for work.
Officers investigated and used Department of Vehicle Services information and information from Jennie-O Turkey Store to connect Rojas to the Gallegos identity.
He was arrested and said his real name was Rojas. He admitted to buying a Social Security card and birth certificate in the Gallegos name in Minneapolis and said he arrived in Minnesota in 2002 or 2003 from Guatemala. He also admitted to signing employment documents in the false name.
- Damion Francos Ortiz, 59, of Willmar, was sentenced to five years of probation, a $50 fine and 56 days in jail on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.
Ortiz, who is also known as Jorge L. Marrero Burgas, was also ordered to cooperate with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As part of a plea agreement, another charge for forgery was dismissed.
The charges were filed after Oct. 17, when a Willmar Police officer was following up on an incident during which a person identified himself as Marrero Burgas, but said his real name was Ortiz. The officer received a state identification card from the Department of Vehicle Services for Ortiz. Human resources officials from Jennie-O Turkey Store provided an application for employment from March 2003, plus a copy of a state identification card and a Social Security card. The ID card matched the information received from the DVS. The officer also received information that the Social Security number and a Puerto Rican birth certificate were presented with an application for the ID card in 2002.
Officers arrested Ortiz. During a search of his wallet, they found an ID card and Social Security card in the Marrero Burgas name. He admitted to buying the identity for $800, signing employment documents in the name and that his real name was Ortiz.