District Court, Kandiyohi County, Jan. 28
- Ricky L. Hoffenkamp, 27, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended misdemeanor charge for intentionally pointing a gun at a person.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and another misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 26.
The charges were filed after the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department was called Sept. 1 to Hoffenkamp's house in rural Atwater, where a family member reported that Hoffenkamp was out on the deck, causing a disturbance and brandishing a gun.
Sheriff's deputies and members of the State Patrol set up a perimeter around the house. When Hoffenkamp wouldn't come out of the home, a group of officers forced their way into the house and into the bedroom where Hoffenkamp was holed up with a gun. Court records said he resisted fiercely and had to be stunned twice with a Taser stun gun while being subdued and handcuffed. A search revealed seven long guns -- some of them loaded with ammunition -- in the bedroom. A loaded handgun also was found.
- Alma Veronica Cabrera, 35, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated forgery and a misdemeanor charge of identity theft for using another woman's identity.
As part of a plea agreement, six additional felonies for aggravated forgery, forgery and perjury and three gross misdemeanors for giving a false name to a peace officer will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Feb. 10.
Cabrera is also known as Carla Irene Gonzalez.
The charges were filed after a Willmar Police officer was assigned on Oct. 16 to investigate an identity theft case with a person living in Willmar under a false identity. The real Gonzalez had reported she received a letter at her home in Texas stating that she had unpaid income taxes from employment at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. She had never worked at the local company.
Officers contacted Jennie-O and learned that the person using that ID had applied for work in July 2006. The person was later identified as Cabrera. She had signed employment forms in the false name and presented a false Social Security card and driver's license. She is a citizen of Mexico. On Nov. 25, the officer received more information and went to Cabrera's home. She answered the door and presented the Gonzalez identification as her own. She insisted that she was Gonzalez, even after she was arrested. However, she later admitted her real name was Cabrera.
- Michael R. Lemke, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of making terroristic threats for threatening to kill another teen and his family. He will be sentenced March 30.
The charge was filed after a 15-year-old teen received a phone message from Lemke on Aug. 28 that indicated Lemke was going to slit the teen's throat inch-by-inch and threatened to kill his entire family. The teen's mother reported the message to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office the next day. The woman said that Lemke was dating a girl that her son had dated. The boy had received derogatory text messages, which he tried to ignore, the woman said.
The sheriff's deputy listened to the recorded phone message and confirmed its contents.