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Willmar man gets 11 years in prison for multiple convictions

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

WILLMAR -- Gerardo Cory Lopez, 34, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to 132 months in prison and a $2,000 fine on a felony charge of second-degree drug sale.

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Lopez was also sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on a charge for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

In a third case, he was ordered to serve 365 days in jail and pay a $50 fine on a fourth-degree burglary charge.

The prison sentences are to be served concurrently -- at the same time -- with the drug sentence.

He was given credit for 152 days already served in prison.

Under a plea agreement, the drug sale charge was lowered from a first-degree felony, the burglary charge was reduced from felony level and an additional felony for second-degree assault was dismissed.

The drug charge was filed after Willmar police were looking for a suspect in a knife assault around 12:45 a.m. Aug. 13 in the area of Willow Run Apartments along 15th Street Southwest.

An officer entered one of the buildings there through a door that was propped open. He recognized Lopez and was aware he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The officer then arrested Lopez and during a search found $935 in small bills in Lopez's pocket and 17.6 grams of meth in seven separate bags. A glass pipe in a zippered pouch was also found.

The meth paraphernalia charge was filed after a search warrant was executed Aug. 6 by CEE-VI Task Force personnel at a local apartment.

Tianna Dobis, 21, a man and a 14-month-old child were located in the apartment.

Also located there were two meth pipes, three digital scales, baggies, a butane torch and an "owe" sheet. In an interview, Dobis said the items belonged to Lopez. S

he said he paid her thousands of dollars to sell and store drugs at her residence.

The burglary charge against Lopez came after police were called May 7 to Regency Estates East, where a man claimed he was assaulted by Lopez with a stick after Lopez broke into his residence.

A woman, who was also on scene, said she had previously had a relationship with Lopez.

The man suffered a swollen eye, bleeding from his nose and marks on his torso. The woman backed up his statement.

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