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Willmar man pleads to lesser charge in sexual assault case; sentencing scheduled next month


WILLMAR -- Manuel Antonio Leiva-Pineda, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a woman Feb. 28 at a Willmar apartment building.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a third-degree charge. Leiva-Pineda will be sentenced to no further executed jail time so he may be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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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. 

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