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KANDIYOHI COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

A Kandiyohi County District Court ruling finds Algene Leeland Vossen mentally ill and orders him committed for six months, but the ruling does not find him mentally ill and dangerous, which would have resulted in placement in the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. Vossen was earlier found incompetent to stand trial on a murder charge in the 1974 homicide of Mabel Herman.
Amanda Lynn Todd, 37, of Willmar, was sentenced to 180 days in Kandiyohi County Jail with 90 days to be served immediately after her hearing in court Jan. 26.
Linda Marie Wandersee-Callanan, 58, made her first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on arson charges, after she allegedly attempted to burn the courthouse, other city and government offices and businesses on Sunday. A petition to commit her as mentally ill has also been filed.
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Prosecution errors freed Thomas Rhodes from prison and overturned his murder convictions Friday. A memo found in the prosecution's files last year contributed to his release.

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Eric Scott Leist, 48, was charged in Kandiyohi County District Court on Friday, Dec. 9, for allegedly raping a female minor with whom he had worked at a Willmar school.
Makayla Marie Oothoudt Willprecht, 21, was sentenced to four years of prison after pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter in an overdose death. She was initially charged with murder.
Brayan Fabricio Galeas-Hernandez, 18, of Willmar, was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court to five years of supervised probation after serving 128 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail. Galeas-Hernandez was originally charged as a juvenile with two counts of assault. He pleaded guilty in adult court to an amended charge of felony threats of violence in September. All other charges in the case were dismissed.
Jomar Luis Saenz, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Oct. 28 to concurrent prison terms of 58 months in a Willmar shooting in August of 2021 and 36 months in a separate incident earlier the same night. Saenz entered an Alford guilty plea to first-degree burglary and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. Other charges, including attempted murder, were dismissed. Saenz's expected release date is Nov. 4, 2024.
Forensic psychologists, social workers and a family caregiver were among those offering testimony in a civil commitment hearing for Algene Vossen, charged with murder two years ago following a cold case investigation of a 1974 homicide in Willmar. He has been found incompetent to stand trial due to memory and other cognitive impairments that hinder his ability to consult with counsel or recall facts in the case.
Jaedon Craig Stewart Marshall, 22, of St. Cloud, is charged with three felonies stemming from a southeast Willmar shooting reported Nov. 5. He was released from custody Nov. 9 after posting bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2023. A 15-year-old juvenile male was also arrested in the shooting.

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Sixto Reyes, 34, was sentenced Oct. 17 in Kandiyohi County District Court to one year of unsupervised probation and a stayed jail sentence for disorderly conduct. He was given three days credit for time served, and the remainder of the 90-day jail sentence was stayed for a year. Reyes was one of three parties arrested during a large fight outside Zorbaz in Spicer during the summer of 2020.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed an order by the District Court in Kandiyohi County requiring a defendant in a personal-injury case to pay a default judgment of more than $350,000.
Dolores Aranda, 44, of Willmar, was sentenced Oct. 6 in Kandiyohi County District Court to prison after she pleaded guilty to possessing and selling drugs. The two charges were filed in separate cases. According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement agents found more than 253 grams of marijuana and more than 167 grams of methamphetamine along with other drugs when executing a search warrant in March 2022.

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