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Scheel returns to Kandiyohi County to face theft charge

WILLMAR — Confessed murderer Gregory Scheel, 34, returned Thursday to Kandiyohi County, where prosecutors are moving forward with a felony theft charge against him.

Scheel, of Paynesville, pleaded guilty two weeks ago in Stearns County to first-degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents, Wilbert Scheel, 90, and Gloria Scheel, 80, on March 21 at their home in Paynesville. Their bodies were recovered in a vehicle near Games Lake in Kandiyohi County the next day.

Scheel faces charges unrelated to the murders in both Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties. In Kandiyohi County, he is accused of stealing sometime in late November or December 2017 a go-kart valued at around $1,500 from a man he knew.

Scheel appeared in Kandiyohi County District Court to be arraigned on the theft charge. He was in handcuffs and wearing an orange, Stearns County jail suit.

He told Judge Stephen Wentzell that he is currently held in the Stearns County Jail pending his sentencing Oct. 4 on the murder charges. As part of a plea agreement, he will serve a life sentence.

Attorney Carter Greiner, representing Scheel, told the court that his client would not be eligible for parole until he is 93 years old.

He asked the court not to place a bail requirement on Scheel due to his incarceration.

The judge did not set a bail requirement. Scheel is scheduled to return to court in Kandiyohi County on Oct. 10.

He is scheduled to appear Sept. 11 in Chippewa County on charges of theft, burglary, escape from custody and driving while impaired.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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