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Youth in Kandiyohi County, Minn., crime spree back in custody, ordered to jail

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old who absconded in February from the Prairie Lakes juvenile detention facility, where he was serving time for a crime spree last year that included arson, burglary and theft, was ordered today to the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Andrew Charles Wyman will be held pending a hearing April 23 on whether to revoke the terms of his probation.

A warrant had been out for the youth's arrest after he and his roommate disappeared the night of Feb. 19 from the non-secure unit at Prairie Lakes.

Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies and the CEE-VI gang and drug task force arrested Wyman Tuesday afternoon at a home near New London.

The Kandiyohi County Attorney's office sought to have him moved to jail to await a revocation hearing, rather than remaining in a juvenile facility. At the hearing today, Judge Michael Thompson concurred, saying it appeared that jail "is more appropriate at this time."

Wyman was 17 at the time of the crime spree last spring but has since turned 18, qualifying him to be treated as an adult within the court system.

The revocation hearing on April 23 will determine whether he was in violation of his probation by leaving Prairie Lakes. A judge has the option of reinstating him on juvenile probation, adding more conditions to the terms of his probation, or executing the full sentence, which includes prison time.

Wyman was sentenced under extended juvenile jurisdiction provisions last September for his role in a two-week crime spree during which he and an accomplice stole and crashed several vehicles and set fire to a house in Willmar. Under the terms of the sentence, a 75-month stint in an adult prison on the arson charge was stayed but can be imposed if it's determined that he failed to comply with the juvenile sentence.

Anne Polta

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