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Man sentenced to prison for failing to follow predatory offender rules

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WILLMAR -- Guillermo Lopez Jr., 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison on a felony charge of failing to meet the registration requirements as a predatory offender.

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As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Lopez was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and $80 in restitution in another theft case.

A stay of execution was revoked on a prison term of one year and one day on a felony fifth-degree assault charge stemming from an August 2007 domestic incident that involved the attempted kidnapping of a Willmar woman.

Lopez's sentence in that case required him to register as a predatory offender.

According to the most recent complaint, a Willmar police officer checked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension predatory offender database in May for information on Lopez and learned that his status was non-compliant. A verification letter sent to Lopez's last known address had been returned May 4 by the postal service.

The detective went to the residence on the city's southeast side and learned from a man there that Lopez had moved out four months prior. The man said he took Lopez's mail back to the post office and informed the postmaster that Lopez didn't live at that address anymore.

The domestic charges were filed after an Aug. 9, 2007, incident in which police were called to a Willmar apartment complex to investigate the attempted kidnapping and beating of a woman. The woman, who formerly had a relationship with Lopez, told the officer that Lopez attacked her as she was attempting to move to a safe place away from him. She said she had been attempting to get away from him for several days.

The complaint states Lopez dragged the woman and attempted to pick up children who were present while other women at the scene attempted to free the woman and children from his grasp.

During the struggle, one of the other women on scene pulled a fire alarm, causing Lopez to flee. He later returned, but the victim had locked the door and called 911.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

(320) 214-4373
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