Christian Arevalo
(image courtesy Kandiyohi County Jail)

As the jury trial for a Willmar man accused of helping his brother shoot at a Willmar police officer was set to being Monday, 25-year-old Christian Arevalo entered into a plea agreement that led to the dismissal of 19 of the 20 charges against him.

Arevalo was accused of driving his brother Sebastian to-and-from a house on Southwest 3rd Street July 4th where Sebastian allegedly fired several shots at a Willmar Police officer who was investigating an earlier drive-by shooting, and others.

In the plea bargain, Christian Arevalo pleaded guilty to a charge of 1st Degree Assault-Use of Deadly Force Against a Peace Officer, and all other charges, including Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, were dismissed.   He will be sentenced November 10th at 11:45 a.m. by Judge Steven Wentzell.   Sebastian Arevalo’s trial is slate to begin November 1st.

(JP Cola, KWLM)