Several people make appearances in courtSLAYTON — Less than two months after bailing out of jail on a second-degree assault charge, Daniel Jay Woitaszewski is back behind bars for alleged damage to property and assault. Bail was set at $4,000.
SLAYTON — Less than two months after bailing out of jail on a second-degree assault charge, Daniel Jay Woitaszewski is back behind bars for alleged damage to property and assault. Bail was set at $4,000.
Woitaszewski has a history of violent and threatening behavior, including an incident of witness tampering in 2009 in which he threatened a 79-year-old woman who had reportedly been chased by his pit bull and was planning on calling police.
The woman told police she was afraid of Woitaszewski, his dogs and possible retaliation, as were others in the neighborhood.
He was also convicted of charges stemming from burglaries at a liquor store and the teen center in Slayton.
Through plea agreements, Woitaszewski has pleaded out of several serious charges in the past, managing to keep most of his convictions under the felony level and his jail time to a minimum.
A jury trial on the January case that involves assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats, drug possession and order for protection violation is scheduled to begin June 14.
Woitaszewski was one of several people who made court appearances Monday in Murray County District Court.
Tyler James Sour, 19, of Tracy, was given a stay of adjudication after pleading guilty in January to third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm.
The stay was granted on the condition Sour remain law abiding, serve 45 days in jail and spend two years on supervised probation.
Sour was already in custody, because a warrant was issued for his arrest after missed an appointment with community corrections. Sour was given credit for 28 days of jail time.
Jeffrey John Tosch, 31, of Worthington, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, admitting under questioning he illegally entered a cabin and stole two televisions, some CDs, a satellite receiver and a singing fish.
He said he knew the code to enter the cabin because he had worked for its owner.
To complete the burglary, Tosch and his girlfriend drove to the nearby road, he said, and he left the car and walked to the cabin, intending to enter and steal.
“She didn’t know what was going on until I came back with the stuff,” Tosch testified.
The two of them then drove to Omaha, Neb., to sell the items he had stolen.
Tosch also has criminal cases pending in Nobles County for domestic assault, terroristic threat and receiving stolen property.
According to court documents, he has several felony theft counts pending, along with property damage charges.
Devon Maras, who has criminal convictions in Nobles, Murray and Lyon Counties, was arraigned on a probation violation.
Maras, 22, of Worthington, is accused of failing to maintain contact with his probation officer and failing to remain law abiding.
He was convicted in Murray County of furnishing liquor to a minor and placed on one year of supervised probation.
Since that sentencing, he has been charged in Nobles County with check forgery and theft.
He is currently serving a Lyon County sentence, but if he were to get out of jail before his next court appearance, Murray County Attorney Paul Malone asked Judge David Christensen for a $10,000 bail.
Joshua James Kindel, 20, of Fulda, was sentenced to a stay of execution of 17 months for possession of burglary tools.
Kindel pleaded guilty last week to possession of a synthetic cannabinoid in Nobles County District Court, and has previous convictions for criminal sexual conduct, controlled substance sale, theft and check forgery.
He was released by court order while awaiting sentencing, having already served 175 days of incarceration.
No restitution was ordered, as Kindel was caught “before they could take anything,” Malone told the judge.
Bradley Wayne Boje, 30, of Iona, has a criminal record that goes back to his teenage years.
He was in court Monday on two matters — a probation violation hearing and new charges that include disorderly conduct and property damage.
In 2009, Boje pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and interfering with the privacy of a minor.
He was placed on 10 years of supervised probation with the condition he serve 270 days in jail.
He admitted to a probation violation in August 2010, and was sentenced to serve 120 days.
In November 2011, he was discharged from probation and his voting rights were restored, even after being convicted of violating a restraining order two weeks prior.
Monday, he admitted to a probation violation, stating he did not complete a court-ordered program because he was kicked out of the facility for bad behavior.
For the new probation violation, Boje was sentenced to serve 150 days in jail and 10 years of probation.