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Man gets prison for domestic assault, asks for execution of other sentences


WILLMAR -- Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 22, of Alexandria and formerly of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison on a felony domestic assault charge for assaulting Willmar woman on Sept. 21.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Mikulak was ordered to pay $449.97 in restitution in that case, for items taken from a Willmar apartment where the domestic assault happened. He was given credit for 98 days already served in jail. A gross misdemeanor charge for interfering with a 911 call was dismissed.

Mikulak was also sentenced to prison on three other felony charges: two counts of violation of a harassment restraining order for two August incidents when he was in contact with a juvenile female whose mother had a restraining or-der on the girl's behalf. Those sentences, of 24 and 21 months, will be served concurrently, or at the same time, as the 27-month sentence.

The other sentence, 15 months, was also executed at Mikulak's request, on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for a June 2008 burglary of a rural Lake Lillian residence. In that case, Mikulak was ordered to pay $150 in restitution to the victims. He was given credit for 367 days already served in jail.

The domestic assault charge was filed after Willmar police were called around 9 p.m. Sept 21 to an apartment along Lakeland Drive Southeast. A woman there said she had been assaulted by Mikulak after they had argued and she told him to leave. She said he prevented her from calling for help on a landline phone by breaking it and a cell phone by taking it away from her.

The charges for violation of a harassment restraining order were filed after a woman reported to Willmar police on Aug. 10 that her daughter, now 17, was with Mikulak at Rice Hospital a few days before. The woman had a restraining order against Mikulak on behalf of the girl. Surveillance video from the hospital confirmed that a man matching Mikulak's appearance was in the lobby with the girl.

The girl was interviewed and admitted to spending the entire day with Mikulak and going with him to the hospital to have a medical concern addressed.

The girl also reported she had two voicemail messages recorded on her cell phone from Mikulak.

Mikulak was one of four people charged in the June 2008 burglary and ransacking of a Lake Lillian home. He was sentenced last December to stayed prison time, five years of probation, a $50 fine and the $150 in restitution.

He has prior convictions including a fifth-degree assault charge in June 2006, another fifth-degree charge in July 2006, a gross misdemeanor assault conviction in October 2006 and a felony assault conviction in October 2007. All the convictions were in Renville County.

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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