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Kerkhoven woman pleads to burglary at Spicer property, gets stayed prison

WILLMAR — Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, of Kerkhoven, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday on a felony charge of second-degree burglary for her role in burglarizing an occupied residence last June in rural Spicer.

She was sentenced to 28 months in prison, which was stayed, and must serve 10 years of probation and 150 days in jail and pay a $1,500 fine.

As part of her sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Meyer was given credit for four days already served in custody and 120 days of the jail time can be deferred if she is in compliance with probation conditions.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was amended from first-degree level and another felony for theft was dismissed.

Meyer was one of three people charged in the case. Shane Allen Peterson, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in August to a second-degree burglary count, but is now under evaluation for mental competency.

William Michael Peterson, 43, of Willmar, faces aiding and abetting first-degree burglary and theft charges, and has a March 19 pretrial hearing and a March 26 jury trial.

According to the complaints against the trio, the burglary was reported via 911 call around noon June 28 along 122nd Avenue Northeast.

A woman was home from work that day and sleeping and woke to find a man, later identified as Shane Peterson, in her home.

The woman reported that the man ran up the stairs and outside, where he got into a silver Buick that sped away toward U.S. Highway 71.

The woman said she had heard the front door of the house slamming repeatedly and the dog barking continuously before she saw the man in the house.

A deputy stopped the car along County Road 5 in Willmar and found that Meyer was the driver of the vehicle and the two men were passengers. The woman who reported the burglary was brought to the scene of the traffic stop and identified Shane Peterson as the man who was in her home.

Meyer and William Peterson told deputies that Shane Peterson told them that a person at the home owed him a drug debt, and that he gave directions to get to the residence and then knocked and entered the home.

Meyer said she assumed someone let him into the home, but she did not see anyone at the door. She said he later came out of the house walking fast and said “let’s go” with something in his hand. William Peterson confirmed that they had been at the residence.

The stolen items, recovered when deputies searched the vehicle, included a laptop computer and several archery bows. The total value of the items was $2,550.

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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