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Riley pleads to gun, assault felonies

WILLMAR -- Jovan Michael Riley, 20, of Appleton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony charges of possession of a weapon by a felon and third-degree assault, along with a misdemeanor theft charge, in three separate court cases.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional felony charges of receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary, plus a misdemeanor property damage charge, will be dismissed and he will pay restitution on all counts. He will be sentenced May 8.

The burglary and theft charges stemmed from a Nov. 11 incident in which Riley used a stolen key to enter a woman's Willmar apartment and steal her television and electronics.

The assault charge was for 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 fractures of his cheekbones.

The gun complaint was filed after 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.

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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