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Hodapp pleads to eight counts for crime spree that included burning house

WILLMAR -- Chase John Hodapp, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty this morning to a total of eight counts, seven felony charges and one misdemeanor, for his role in a two-week crime spree last year that included stealing, burning and crashing vehicles and setting fire to an occupied Willmar residence.

Hodapp entered an Alford plea to a first-degree burglary charge for entering the attached garage of the home of Aaron and Sarah Minnick along the 1200 block of Ninth Street Southeast. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not acknowledge his guilt, but rather that there is likely enough evidence for a jury to convict him of a crime. It is recorded as a guilty plea.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the most serious charge against Hodapp, first-degree arson, plus five additional felonies and three misdemeanors, were dismissed. A jury trial on the arson and property damage charges connected to the Minnick house had been scheduled for next week before District Judge Michael J. Thompson.

Hodapp also pleaded guilty to three counts of motor vehicle theft, two counts of property damage and a second-degree burglary charge. He will be sentenced March 5.

Hodapp and Andrew Charles Wyman, 18, were both charged in the case for the April 19 to May 3 crime spree. Wyman's extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence included 167 days at the Prairie Lake Detention Center secure unit, 280 hours of community work service and probation until his 21st birthday. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution the case.

Hodapp is currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

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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