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  • Minn. man sentenced in stabbing related to soccer dispute

  • A Willmar man was sentenced Thursday to jail time and probation for his role in a stabbing incident that began as a fight over a soccer match.
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  • A Willmar man was sentenced Thursday to jail time and probation for his role in a stabbing incident that began as a fight over a soccer match.
    Darril Adali Guerrero-Amaya, 20, was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed; 90 days in jail; five years of probation; and a $500 fine on a second-degree riot charge in connection with the March incident.
    As part of the sentence, handed down by District Judge Michael J. Thompson, Guerrero-Amaya was given credit for 90 days already served and was ordered to cooperate with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge of second-degree assault was dismissed.
    Guerrero-Amaya was one of four men charged. Selvin Eliazar Arevalo-Lopez, 31, is scheduled to appear in court July 8. Juan Carlos Bueso-Dejesus, 32, is scheduled to appear next Aug. 5.
    The fourth man, Jonathan Ariel Pineda-Amaya, 22, faces another felony charge of terroristic threats and is scheduled in court July 18.
    The two stabbing victims were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and treated for their wounds. One of the men was stabbed in the upper back and the other had multiple stab wounds to his face, arms and chest.
    According to the complaints, Willmar police were called around 12:40 a.m. March 22 to a fight at the Caribbean Club. The responding officers kept the group of people from fighting and determined that no one at the scene wanted to press charges.
    The same officers were in the Willow Run Apartment area just after 1 a.m. when a fight was reported in a parking at the complex. They quickly located the four men. Three of the four suspects complied with the officer’s orders to lie on the ground, but the fourth man, later identified as Arevalo-Lopez, refused to cooperate and was immobilized by a stun gun. A total of three knives were found with the men.
    The officers interviewed witnesses, who said the victim who suffered the multiple stab wounds had had an altercation with one of the men over a Honduras-Mexico soccer match.
    They reported that they were taking the man who was stabbed to get stitches when the four men ambushed them with knives as they left the building. The second victim was stabbed in the back during the “ambush.” Several others in the group escaped without injury.
    A woman told police that Pineda-Amaya had also threatened the second victim. He identified Pineda-Amaya as his assailant and was taken by private party to Rice Memorial Hospital. The man with multiple wounds was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
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