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Woman pleads to assault charge for machete at farmers market


WILLMAR -- Betty Denice Reveles, 50, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a second-degree assault charge for threatening a woman with a machete last summer at the Willmar farmers market.

As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony for terroristic threats and a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct will be dismissed. She will be sentenced May 14.

Reveles had been scheduled for a one-day court trial before Jud-ge Donald M. Spilseth.

The char-ges were filed after Aug. 6, 2011, when Willmar police officers were called to the farmers market, along the 1600 block of U.S. Highway 12 East, regarding a woman threatening another woman with a machete.

According to the complaint, the woman who had been threatened said that Reveles had worked for her at her booth for one Saturday, but had failed to show up or work for subsequent market days. Reveles had billed the woman $550 for her labor and had made threatening phone calls to the woman regarding the payment.

The woman reported that Reveles had demanded her money and pulled the machete, with an approximately 20-inch blade, out of a shopping bag and threatened her with the weapon.

Reveles was located nearby and the officer noted the strong odor of alcohol on her. She admitted to having the machete, but denied threatening the woman. She was arrested after she yelled and swore at the officers, who found the weapon in a shopping bag nearby.

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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