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Diaz Evans sentenced to 308 months in prison in cop shooting case in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR -- Leroy Diaz Evans, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced this morning to 308 months in prison for his role in two home invasions that led to shots being fired at Willmar police officers.

The sentence, handed down by Judge Kathryn N. Smith in Kandiyohi County District Court, includes three consecutive sentences of 98 months and 90 months on two counts of first-degree burglary for each of the home invasions and 120 months on the charge of use of deadly force against a peace officer.

Because of the violent nature of the crimes, Diaz Evans will serve all of the time in prison and will not be allowed to serve one-third of the sentence on supervised release. He was given credit for 252 days already served in jail and was ordered to pay $250 in fines and $3,516.40 in restitution.

Diaz Evans is the third and final defendant sentenced to prison for the Sept. 15 incident at a home and in the Subway restaurant parking lot. Jesus Trevino 33, is serving 58 months on a first-degree burglary charge and Arcadio Salinas Jr., 23, was sentenced to 34 months in prison on a felony charge of aiding and abetting first-degree attempted robbery.

Diaz Evans was found guilty on March 14 of eight of the nine felony charges against him. He was acquitted of the most serious charge, first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer, but was found guilty of use of deadly force against a peace officer and seven first-degree burglary and aggravated robbery charges. The jury also determined that Diaz Evans is a danger to public safety, an aggravated factor in his sentencing.

Read more on this story Wednesday in the West Central Tribune.

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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