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Gagen to serve 30 days, probation for peeping charge

WILLMAR -- Dylan Gagen, who pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor charge of interference with privacy, was sentenced Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court to one year in jail, with all but 30 days stayed.

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WILLMAR - Dylan Gagen, who pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor charge of interference with privacy, was sentenced Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court to one year in jail, with all but 30 days stayed.

The conviction stems from an incident Oct. 16, 2016, in New London. Gagen admitted to looking into the windows of an apartment, where he saw someone playing video games.

Gagen was originally charged with four counts of interfering with privacy, but three counts were dismissed.

Of the one-year jail sentence, 335 days were stayed, meaning Gagen will serve 30 days, while receiving three days of credit for time already served. Gagen will also be under supervised probation for two years.

Gagen is eligible for community service, sentence to serve and work release, and is allowed to serve his sentence on weekends.

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Gagen's attorney had argued for a lesser sentence, saying Gagen hadn't taken any photos or videos or looked into any bedroom or bathroom, where persons might be undressed or doing private things,

Judge Donald Spilseth said what Gagen was convicted of was a serious matter and should not be minimized.

"Nobody chased you to look into those windows," Spilseth said.

He ordered that Gagen must serve his jail term by May 31. He is allowed to serve his time in any county jail. However, if he decides to serve it outside of Kandiyohi County, it will be at his own expense.

As part of his sentence, Gagen will need to undergo a psychological-sexual evaluation and comply with all recommendations from that evaluation, and pay a $200 fine.

Related Topics: CRIME
Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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