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Pennock man gets stayed sentence for weapons, DWI charges

WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Pennock man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison, which was stayed, 15 years of probation and $3,500 in fines for possessing a weapon as a person convicted of a violent crime and a misdemeanor driving while impaired charge.

Jacob Allen Leuze was also ordered to serve 90 days in county jail, with credit for 25 days served. He was also ordered to attend a MADD impact panel, submit to electronic alcohol monitoring, attend a treatment and aftercare program and stay away from alcohol, drugs or firearms.

The sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Michael J. Thompson.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional driving while impaired charges, plus another misdemeanor charge for transporting an uncased and loaded firearm, were dismissed.

Leuze was charged with driving while impaired twice on April 21. The first set of charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was called to assist a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer.

The DNR officer, while checking fishing licenses, came upon a possible drunken driver at the Lake Calhoun boat access. The deputy found that Leuze exhibited signs of alcohol consumption.

He failed field sobriety tests, registered a 0.10 blood-alcohol level on a breath test and was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

The conservation officer found a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

According to the court file, Leuze is an adjudicated delinquent for third-degree burglary in October 2003 and therefore not allowed to posses a firearm.

The second set of charges was filed after a deputy was on patrol near the intersection of County Road 25 and Long Lake Road, came upon a vehicle with expired license tabs and stopped the vehicle.

The driver, Leuze, exhibited signs of alcohol consumption and failed field sobriety tests. He registered a 0.12 blood-alcohol level on a breath test and was again arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

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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