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Appleton man faces felony charges for taking vehicle, shooting it up with shotgun

WILLMAR -- Jovan Michael Riley, 20, of Appleton, made his first court appearance Friday on felony charges of possession of a weapon by a felon and receiving stolen property for allegedly using a shotgun to damage a stolen vehicle.

Unconditional bail was set at $60,000. His next appearance is Feb. 6 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Riley also faces a misdemeanor property damage charge in the case, plus a second-degree burglary count and misdemeanor theft, for allegedly using a stolen key to enter a woman's apartment and steal her television and electronics. That incident allegedly happened on Nov. 13 along the 1800 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.

Riley also faces a felony third-degree assault charge for allegedly beating a man on Jan. 12 in rural Pennock. The man was taken to receive medical treatment and was kept overnight at the hospital. He had a broken nose, eye socket and two factures of his cheekbones.

According to the gun complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were responding to the assault report on Jan. 12 and located a 1997 Chevy car that was reported stolen in Chippewa County. The vehicle was damaged with broken windows and taillights and shotgun blast holes in the driver's side door. The interior of the car had been damaged by the pellets.

The investigation revealed that Riley had told others that that car belonged to a woman he had dated and that a witness had observed him use a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot at the car. Deputies located where the shooting had happened, along County Road 29, and found shell casings and pieces of the car. They also located a shotgun and .22-caliber rifle.

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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