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New London, Minn., man sentenced for no-contact order violation, charged with another

WILLMAR -- Tyler Dean Ryks, 23, of New London, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 180 days in the county jail, a $50 fine and 175 hours of community service work on a felony charge of violating a domestic assault no-contact order.

During his appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court, Ryks also made his first appearance on another felony for violating a domestic assault no-contact order, plus a felony for domestic assault and a gross misdemeanor for fifth-degree assault for a domestic incident on Sept. 14 in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 in the new case. His next appearance is Jan. 10.

As part of a plea agreement reached in September, two additional felony charges for violating a no-contact order were dismissed. Ryks also pleaded guilty in a Yellow Medicine County case.

The charge for which Ryks was sentenced Tuesday was filed after July 22, when Willmar police found Ryks and a woman together at a location in the city. An order prohibiting Ryks from having contact with the woman had been issued in May in Yellow Medicine County.

The new charges were filed after Sept. 14, when Willmar police officers were called to the 1400 block of Dana Drive Southeast on a fight call.

A woman there reported that Ryks and the woman with whom he was to have no contact had been staying with her. Apartment officials had notified her that she was not allowed to have the couple stay there and would be evicted if the couple did not leave. The woman said she then told Ryks that he and his girlfriend needed to leave and that he got upset and argued with her.

The woman said she left her apartment to get away from Ryks, but that Ryks' girlfriend then pushed her friend. Her friend was attempting to keep Ryks' girlfriend from entering another apartment.

Ryks then allegedly pushed the woman's friend against a wall, threw her to the floor and punched and choked her. Several individuals who witnessed the assault pulled Ryks off the woman's friend and he ran away and left in a vehicle that sped away from the apartment complex.

When interviewed by police, Ryks' girlfriend said the woman's friend had pushed her and that Ryks was simply restraining the woman by holding her on the floor.

She claimed Ryks had been at the first woman's apartment to talk with her because she owed him money.

The girlfriend admitted she knew there was a court order prohibiting contact between her and Ryks.

Along with the new felony conviction, Ryks has a prior juvenile adjudication in 2006 for criminal sexual conduct and a conviction for terroristic threats in 2008. Both are in Kandiyohi County District Court.

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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