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Willmar man gets probation for incident that left woman wounded

WILLMAR -- Daniel Loera, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 365 days in the county jail and five years of probation on a felony charge of domestic assault for a Aug. 26 incident in which he stabbed a woman.

Daniel Loera
Loera was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 365 days in the county jail and five years of probation.

WILLMAR -- Daniel Loera, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 365 days in the county jail and five years of probation on a felony charge of domestic assault for a Aug. 26 incident in which he stabbed a woman.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Loera was given credit for 159 days already se-rved in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

He was also ordered to complete a domestic abuse evaluation and a chemical use assessment.

As part of a plea agreement, two felony charges of second-degree assault were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 11:45 a.m. Aug. 26 to the 400 block of 15th Street Southwest. Several witnesses there reported seeing a man and a woman arguing.

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They said the woman yelled for help, and the man had tried to force her into a vehicle. The witnesses reported both had since left the area. They said the woman did not want them to report the incident.

Other witnesses reported seeing the woman bleeding from her shoulder area. They said she was screaming for help, but urged witnesses not to call the police.

Witnesses described the man involved as having a tattoo on his head.

They said he looked like he was high on drugs.

They also said the man struck the woman with an object from his pocket.

Around 4:30 p.m. that day, officials at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar informed police of a person in urgent care with a stab wound.

The patient's physical description matched those of the woman given by the witnesses earlier in the day. The officer recognized the woman and knew she had a relationship with Loera, who has a numeral "13" gang sign tattooed on his head.

The woman was bruised and had suffered a 1- to 2-inch cut on her arm below the shoulder.

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She refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

A witness later identified Loera from a photo lineup and said Loera had punched and assaulted the woman.

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