Weather Forecast


Man pleads guilty to threatening Willmar couple

Allen Charles Sheppard

WILLMAR — A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of threats of violence a month after he was found competent to stand trial.

Seven other charges against Allen Charles Sheppard, 42, of Minneapolis, will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.

Sheppard entered a Norgaard guilty plea Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. A Norgaard plea is entered when a defendant does not remember the circumstances of a crime but agrees that the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

The court had ordered a psychological evaluation. When that report was filed in June, Sheppard was deemed competent to understand and participate in a trial.

The other charges include three other felonies — second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fourth-degree assault and first-degree damage to property. He was also charged with two gross misdemeanors and two misdemeanors.

Sheppard is to be sentenced Sept. 10.

Sheppard was arrested in July 2017 after he allegedly attacked a couple and damaged their property in a Willmar mobile home neighborhood.

Sheppard was accused of yelling and swearing at the couple in their home and causing nearly $5,000 in damage at the home. He also threatened to burn their house down and used a metal pipe to damage their vehicle, according to court records.

When police found him later in a wooded area, he refused to cooperate with them and said they would have to carry him out of the woods.

According to court records, it took four Willmar police officers and two Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies to bring Sheppard out of the woods and place him under arrest. He allegedly swore, screamed and struggled with the officers and spit in the face of one officer.

Law enforcement eventually used Mace and a stun gun to try to subdue Sheppard and hobbled his feet. When they tried to get him into a squad vehicle, he bit into the upholstery and tore it.

Sheppard required medical attention to his wrists because of his struggles with the officers and against the handcuffs.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

Follow me on Twitter: @lindavanderwerf

(320) 214-4340