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Burglary charges dropped against local man, crim sex trial set

WILLMAR -- The last of nine felony charges against Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 20, of Kerkhoven, for his alleged involvement in a June burglary of a rural Lake Lillian home were dismissed on Oct. 22.

The other eight felony charges, and one gross misdemeanor, for burglary, theft, liability for crimes of another and possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a convict were dismissed Sept. 15 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Judge Michael J. Thompson ordered that there was insufficient evidence that Mikulak participated in the June 11 burglary. In the same order, he allowed 10 days for the prosecutor to amend the remaining charge of receiving stolen property. No amendment was filed, and thus the charge was dismissed.

Mikulak was one of four people charged in the case. Andrei Kevin Russell, 23, of St. Cloud, is charged with nine felony charges of first-degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He also faces charges for possession of a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime conviction.

A jury trial for Russell is scheduled for Jan. 20.

Destinee Nicole Abrego, 21, of St. Cloud, faces eight felony charges and is set for a jury trial on Nov. 12.

Dawn Jean Meyer, 34, of Kerkhoven also faces eight felony charges and has a jury trial set to begin Jan. 13.

Mikulak also faces felony criminal sexual conduct charges, also in Kandiyohi County, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, and for sexually assaulting another 15-year-old on prom night. A jury trial in that case is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

In addition, Mikulak is charged with three felonies for violating a no-contact order and for harassment and stalking, plus two misdemeanor charges for criminal contempt of court, for allegedly having contact with the 15-year-old alleged victim in a criminal sexual conduct case. A jury trial is set for Jan. 6 in that case.