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Willmar man gets 48 months in prison on drug sale charges

WILLMAR -- Omar Jason Romero, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison on a felony charge of second-degree drug sales for selling 5.4 grams of methamphetamine for $800 to an informant last December.

The sentence was one of three handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Romero was also se-ntenced to a year and a day in pris-on on a fel-ony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and 365 days in jail on a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

The lesser sentences will be served concurrently with the prison sentence.

The charges stem from a series of crimes between December 2008 and June of this year.

Under a plea agreement, two first-degree witness tampering charges, a second-degree assault charge, a terroristic threats charge and a list of lesser traffic violations against Romero were dismissed.

The witness tampering charges were the last filed against Romero, who threatened to kidnap a woman's daughters, take them to Mexico, get them hooked on drugs and prostitute them.

The woman was scheduled to testify against Romero in the drug case, for the meth sale on Dec. 16.

The fleeing charge stemmed from a June 15 incident that involved a police pursuit that began near Willmar Avenue and First Street South. The chase then went through the mall parking lot, continued down 19th Avenue Southeast and ended in an apartment building parking lot in the Dana Heights area.

The domestic assault charge, which was reduced from a felony, stemmed from a Jan. 31 incident that involved threatening a woman with a knife and threatening to burn down her home.

A review of his record includes a prior domestic assault conviction in April 2008, a resisting arrest conviction in January 2004, a 2003 conviction for unlawfully carrying a weapon, plus prior convictions in Texas for assault in 2000 and violation of a restraining order in 2002.

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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