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Willmar, Minn., man gets stayed sentence on slew of charges

WILLMAR — David Lawrence Pillatzki Jr., 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, 365 days in jail and $2,650 in fines on felony charges of fifth-degree drug possession, fleeing a peace officer and gun possession after conviction of a violent crime, plus gross misdemeanor charges of driving after cancellation – inimical to public safety.

Pillatzki was also sentenced to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and complete residential chemical dependency treat- ment. He was given credit for 109 days already served in custody.

The downward departure motion for staying the 60-month prison sentence was granted by Judge Stephanie Beckman in Kandiyohi County District Court, who cited Pillatzki’s intention to be amenable to treatment and his cooperation with drug investigations by law enforcement. As part of a previously reached plea agreement, one of the fifth-degree drug possession charges was continued for dismissal for two years and Pillatkzi is required to cooperate with law enforcement and testify truthfully if called in those cases in which he was involved.

Several other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement reached in February.

The gun charge was filed after a CEE-VI agent located a video clip on Pillatzki’s Facebook page in December that showed him firing a semiautomatic, assault-type rifle. Pillatzki admitted to investigators that he shot the rifle, an M16 or AR-15 type rifle, at a rural area near Hawick and that someone recorded the activity and posted it on the social networking site.

The fleeing charge, plus one of the driving after cancellation charges, was filed after Nov. 13, when Pillatzki fled from a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy on a motorcycle at speeds reaching 80 mph between Spicer and New London. According to the complaint, a deputy sheriff was attempting to serve a subpoena and an arrest warrant on Pillatzki.

One of the drug possession charges was filed after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant last April on a Spicer residence where Pillatzki was living and found 2.7 grams of meth, more than $1,000 cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, narcotic pain pills and surveillance equipment.

The third charge for driving after cancellation was filed after Jan. 1, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force Agents arrested Pillatzki on a warrant. The arrest occurred in New London.

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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