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Wyman hearing continued, judge wants to consider options other than prison

WILLMAR -- District Judge Kathryn N. Smith continued this morning's dispositional hearing for Andrew Charles Wyman until May 17 so that she may consider other programs available, alternatives to prison time, for the 18-year-old Willmar teen who escaped from Prairie Lakes Youth Programs while serving his juvenile sentence for arson, burglary and theft.

Wyman appeared for an extended juvenile jurisdiction revocation hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court. He admitted that he left Prairie Lakes, hitched a ride to Las Vegas, Nev., and then to Los Angeles, Calif., where he stayed for a month before calling his parents for a bus ticket home. Wyman said he then stayed at his father's home until he was taken into custody by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents on April 3.

Wyman said he ran from Prairie Lakes because he was going to be penalized for small infractions and assumed he'd be sent to prison. He read a statement to the judge and cried as he said that he was scared and would do anything not to have to go to prison. "I'm ready to change my life," he said. "I'm done playing kid games."

Wyman left Prairie Lakes on Feb. 19. He was sentenced as a juvenile in September to Prairie Lakes Youth Programs for his role in a two-week crime spree of stealing and destroying vehicles and setting fire to an occupied Willmar home.

Wyman's sentence included a stayed adult sentence of 75 months in prison on the first-degree arson, to be imposed only if he doesn't comply with the juvenile sentence charge. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 restitution in the case.

Wyman's accomplice, Chase John Hodapp, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced to 39 months in prison for his role in the April 19 to May 3 crime spree. He was also ordered to pay $39,219.54 in restitution and $450 in fines.

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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