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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 4.

Arrest

WILLMAR — A 43-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 8 p.m. Monday along the 7100 block of Highway 71 South.

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District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Christopher Cody Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of failing to comply with predatory offender registration requirements.

Johnson will be sentenced Jan. 6.

The charge was filed after April 19, when Willmar Police received a report that Johnson was not compliant with predatory offender requirements, as he is required to register because of a juvenile adjudication for criminal sexual conduct.

Johnson had provided information that he lived in an apartment complex in Willmar and worked at a local establishment. The investigation revealed that he’d worked for the place for two months and that he’d left the apartment because he wasn’t allowed to live there. Johnson had also failed to register a new address.

- Leonardo Albert Rios, Sr., 25, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault.

As part of a plea agreement, one of the charges was reduced from a felony for terroristic threats and another terroristic threats charge, along with a misdemeanor for obscene or harassing phone calls, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Jan. 6.

The charges include a set of charges filed after Oct. 9, 2009, when a woman reported to Willmar police that Rios had left threatening messages on her cell phone. The woman showed the officer that there were 44 messages left on her phone by Rios in a 12-hour time period, including messages to kill the woman and her family. While the officer was reviewing the calls, Rios called twice and hung up the first time, but talked with the officer on the second call, telling the officer that he was upset because the woman wouldn’t let him see his child and that he had a problem with the woman dating other men.

The second charge was filed after Oct. 13, 2010, when the woman reported that Rios had sent her harassing text messages, including that he was going to kill her and others.

- Shane Mitchell Broten, 43, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Dec. 16.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 8 p.m. Monday to a rural Willmar residence on a domestic assault. A woman there reported that she and Broten had argued and that he had pushed her into a wall and hit her in the face.

Broten has prior convictions for domestic assault in March 2011 and for violation of an order for protection in July 2012.

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