This is the records summary for May 21.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- Jessica Renee Fouty, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of offering a forged check.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony for check forgery will be dismissed. She will be sentenced June 26.
The charges were filed after Willmar Police were called to Wells Fargo bank in the city on Nov. 8, where bank officials reported that a $1,500 check had been written on a man’s account. The officials had suspected the check was forged because it was dirty, out of sequence and the man’s signature was different than on his other checks. They contacted the man, who said he hadn’t written the check.
Fouty was interviewed and claimed she sold the man a pickup. The man told police that he had sold Fouty a vehicle and that the check may have been in the vehicle.
Fouty was interviewed again and admitted that she found the check in the vehicle and that she forged the check to get cash to pay bills.
- Daniel Miguel Villarreal, 37, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation.
Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance is May 27.
Villarreal also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call.
According to the complaint, a woman reported to Willmar Police around 1:30 a.m. Sunday that she had been assaulted by Villareal at a home in the city. She said that he punched and choked her and took away her cell phone when she threatened to call the police. She did get the phone back and called for help.
Villarreal has two prior convictions for domestic assault, both dating to May 2009.
- Joseph John Knott, 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of stalking.
As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a gross misdemeanor for interference with privacy were dismissed. He will be sentenced June 19.
The charges were filed after Nov. 11, when a woman reported a burglary to Willmar Police. She had broken off a relationship with Knott and thrown him out of her house. She said she changed all of the locks on the home, but that he entered the home and planted an audio recording device in the residence. He had left her a voice mail message with that information and later sent a text noting that he’d heard a conversation that she recalled having with another person in the home.
Knott was interviewed and admitted to entering through an open garage door and putting the recorder in the home.