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Hodapp gets expected 39 months in prison for role in crime spree

Chase Hodapp

WILLMAR -- Chase John Hodapp, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced this morning to 39 months in prison for his role in a two-week crime spree last spring that included stealing, burning and crashing vehicles and setting fire to an occupied Willmar residence.

The sentence was handed down by District Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court. Hodapp was ordered to pay $39,219.54 in restitution and $450 in fines and was given credit for 306 days already served in custody.

Hodapp also pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a Renville County case for stealing a pickup from a rural Olivia business. That 30 month prison sentence, plus two Meeker County sentences for theft, will be served concurrently with the Kandiyohi County sentence. A total of $4,080.36 in restitution was ordered in the Meeker County cases, for stealing ATVs and a trailer in the Watkins area.

Hodapp and Andrew Charles Wyman, now 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.

Wyman's juvenile sentence included a stayed adult sentence, imposed only if he doesn't comply with the juvenile sentence, of 75 months in prison on the first-degree arson charge. He was ordered to pay $100,000 restitution, including $22,822.19 to the owners of the fire-damaged house and the to the owners of several vehicles that were stolen and damaged, to a Spicer car wash where a coin machine was damaged and to the Willmar Municipal Utilities, for a light pole that was struck by a pickup that the boys had rigged to run, without a driver, down 19th Avenue Southwest.

The remaining $76,777.81, to the insurance companies holding policies on the house and vehicles, was ordered to be converted to a civil judgment against Wyman. The last $400 is restitution was ordered in a juvenile file that is not public record.

Wyman, who absconded from Prairie Lakes Youth Programs on Feb. 19, has a review hearing Tuesday before District Judge Kathryn N. Smith.

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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