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WILLMAR -- Smashed windows on a vehicle were reported around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday along the 200 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A home burglary was reported around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday along the 500 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast. The caller reported the home had been entered and a DVD taken.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Dinora Magdalena Tabora-Rivera, 32, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $500 fine and 72 days in the county jail on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

She was given credit for 72 days already served in jail and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She is also known as Ana Maria Saenz.

She was also sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 293 days stayed and credit for 72 days served, two years of probation and a $3,000 fine, with $2,900 stayed, on a gross misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child.

As part of a plea agreement, four additional forgery and perjury charges, plus a felony for malicious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor for domestic assault, were dismissed.

The malicious punishment of a child charge was filed after Kandiyohi County Family Services received a report in February that Tabora-Rivera had physically abused her daughter, who was almost 4 years old. A social worker found marks and abrasions on the girl's body and a split lip. The girl told the investigator that her mother had hit her that morning and demonstrated hitting with a closed fist. Another child said Tabora-Rivera also hit her. Photographs were taken of the younger child's injuries.

The forgery charges were filed after a Willmar police detective began an investigation Feb. 25 into a person identified as Tabora-Rivera. The department had received information that she was using a false identity, that of Ana Maria Saenz, to work. The investigation revealed that she is a citizen of Honduras and had applied for work at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in December under the Saenz name. Documents from the company personnel file on her included signed employment forms and identification in the false name.

- Kevin Laquan Benton, 21, of Minneapolis and currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for hitting another jail inmate in the head with a broom.

As part of a plea agreement, he will receive a bottom of the box sentence to be served concurrently with his current sentence. He will be sentenced June 16.

The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 12:15 a.m. April 4 to investigate an assault at the jail. Video footage showed Benton picking up a broom and then hitting another person in the head with it. The man was seated at a table at the time. It took 17 stitches to close the gash left in his head. Benton was interviewed and admitted he hit the man with the broom because the man was bothering him.

- Jeremiah Lee Johnson, 30, of Benson, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and five years of probation on a charge of third-degree burglary for breaking into a rural Lake Lillian home in October.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony first-degree burglary charge and misdemeanor charges of theft, trespass and disorderly conduct were dismissed. Johnson, who received a stay of imposition on his sentence, was ordered to have no contact with the victim, stay away from her residence, write an apology letter and pay $156 in restitution.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a rural Lake Lillian home on Oct. 10. A woman at the home was on the phone with dispatch and said that an individual was pounding on a door demanding to get back stolen property. The woman said Johnson had entered the home. The deputy arrived, observed Johnson in the home through a window and arrested him. The woman told the deputy that Johnson had come to the home and knocked on the door. He left and she locked the doors and windows. He returned, pounded on the door, threatened her and entered the home. She locked herself in the master bathroom and called 911 as he was pounding on the door. A search of Johnson's person revealed a knife believed to be stolen from the home.

- Lazaro Vera Ruiz, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation, a $50 fine and 32 days in jail on a felony charge of aggravated forgery for using another man's name.

He was given credit for 32 days already served in jail and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is also known as Wilson Javier Cruz Mulet.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional charges of aggravated forgery were dismissed.

The charges were filed after April 7, when a Willmar police detective met with agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding an individual who had been served, by the local police, with a subpoena from Puerto Rico. The person was identified as Cruz Mulet through his work history at Jennie-O Turkey Store. The man had contacted a special agent and claimed he was not Cruz Mulet. Investigators contacted Jennie-O officials and received copies of the man's employment documents and his identification and Social Security information.

Officers went to the Jennie-O plant and arrested the man, who identified himself as Ruiz. He was interviewed at the jail, and admitted that he came to the U.S. from Mexico to work, was here illegally, bought his papers in Willmar and signed the employment documents in the false name.

- Jose Diaz Guzman, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation, $100 in fines and 36 days in the county jail on two felony charges of aggravated forgery.

He was given credit for 36 days already served in jail and ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is also known as Adiel Lopez-Rosario.

As part of a plea agreement, five additional charges of aggravated forgery were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police interviewed a man, identified as Lopez-Rosario, on April 7 in the county jail. He had been detained on an arrest warrant from Maryland as a fugitive from justice. During the interview, the man said his name was Guzman and that he was born in Honduras, came to Willmar to work for Jennie-O and used the Lopez-Rosario name to work. He had also applied for an instruction permit under the false name.

He had a state instruction permit card, identification card and Jennie-O identification card in the Lopez-Rosario name. The investigation also included receiving employment documents from Jennie-O signed in the false name in February 2008 and state Department of Motor Vehicles check that showed the ID and instruction permit in the Lopez-Rosario name, but with Guzman's photo.

- Heriberto Guevara-Polo, 29, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of aggravated forgery for using another man's name on numerous documents.

As part of a plea agreement eight additional aggravated forgery charges will be dismissed and he agreed to pay $8,977.47 in restitution to the victim or to the Internal Revenue Service on his behalf. He will be sentenced June 8. Guevara-Polo is also known as Andrew Manzanarez.

The charges were filed after April 14, Willmar police received information from a man named Andrew Manzanarez in Florida who had been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that he owned more than $8,900 in unpaid taxes from 2006. The wages had been earned at Jennie-O Turkey Store and that man claimed he had never worked for the company.

Information from Jennie-O officials showed that a man working at the plant had used the Social Security number of the man in Florida. Department of Motor Vehicles records showed that a man named Andrew Manzanarez had applied for a duplicate vehicle title in that name.

Officers interviewed the man who identified himself as Andrew Manzanarez, presented his Minnesota driver's license and said he worked at Jennie-O. He was arrested and signed all the jail and court processing documents in the Manzanarez name.

Further investigation showed that his real name was Guevara-Polo. When interviewed, he admitted that Guevara-Polo was his real identity.

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