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Willmar teenager sentenced in kidnapping, robbery case

WILLMAR -- Danny Duron Jr., 18, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 150 days in the county jail, 100 hours of community service and probation until his 21st birthday on two charges stemming from a May 21 incident that involved kidnapping a teenager and stealing his car from McDonald's parking lot.

Duron's juvenile sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges of false imprisonment and simple robbery.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft, plus a gross misdemeanor for third-degree riot, were dismissed.

The teenager was also ordered to comply with a list of 19 conditions, including attending school or getting a job, having no contact with gang members or activity, writing a letter of apology, no contact with the victim or their family and anger management counseling.

Duron, who was 17 at the time of the incident, also received an extended jurisdiction juvenile sentence. Under the sentence, he received both the juvenile sentence and a stayed adult sentence of 23 months in prison, which could be enacted if he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence.

Ricardo Cadena, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Oct 13, to 30 months in prison for his role in the incident. The case also involved two other juvenile boys; however, their cases are not public record. Cases involving felony charges against 16-or 17-year-olds are public.

The charges in the cases were filed after multiple Willmar police officers were called around 11:20 p.m. May 21 to a fight in progress at the Willmar McDonald's parking lot. Officers were advised that a person involved had a handgun and the suspects were leaving the location.

Officers stopped a vehicle along First Street and Trott Avenue and identified Duron, Cadena, a 15-year-old and the victim, who was a passenger.

A handgun, determined to be a carbon-dioxide powered pistol, was found under the front passenger seat. Witnesses told police the incident stemmed from the allegation that the victim had started their sister's hair on fire.

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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