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Willmar man gets jail time for role in brawl

WILLMAR -- Efren Vasquez, 23, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and three years of probation on a second-degree riot charge for his role in a fight over a girl in April.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Vasquez was also ordered to have no contact others involved in the incident, possess no firearms or dangerous weapons and remain sober.

Vazquez received a stay of imposition on his sentence.

Under the stay, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he complies with the sentencing conditions.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional felony charges of second-degree assault and riot were dismissed.

Vasquez and Jeremy Joshua Williams, 18, of Willmar, were charged with the felony counts after the April 28 incident.

Williams was charged as a juvenile because he was 17 at the time of the incident. He also pleaded guilty to a second-degree riot charge and was sentenced to the 53 days he had served at Prairie Lakes Detention Center, plus 30 days in the county jail.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 9 p.m. April 28 to a fight in progress near the intersection of 16th Street and 13th Avenue Northeast. Another caller reported a woman was being beaten up and that the suspects had left the area in a white car.

An officer located the car, pursued and stopped it while another officer went to the scene. At the scene, it was reported that four men had come to the home to start a fight with a man, and that two others at the scene also were assaulted.

The man sought by the four men told officers that he had anticipated a mutual fight with Williams, but that everything changed when he saw Williams get a bat from his vehicle and that the others were carrying knives. He said that Williams had a bat and that Vasquez came from behind the vehicle with a knife and chased him to his home. Two others ran behind the men, but didn't have weapons.

The man said Williams had broken off a relationship with a girl, who was now hanging out with him.

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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