17Group break-in folo AUST

By Tim Ruzek

A Spring Valley teenager is facing felony charges in juvenile court for being part of a nine-person group that allegedly broke into a LeRoy home last month and assaulted several people.

The teenager, who turned 18 on Saturday is charged in Mower Juvenile Court with two single felony counts of first-degree burglary, including one related to an assault, for the June 20 incident, when he was 17. He faces a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault.

On Wednesday, the teen asked Judge Donald E. Rysavy to schedule a probable-cause hearing within 14 days, records show. He was released to his mother.


Court records show that the teen’s case is designated as an extended juvenile jurisdiction in which, if he’s found guilty, he could face an adult prison sentence that would be stayed until he reaches age 21.

Four adults are charged in Mower District Court for the same incident with two felony counts of first-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault. They are Alyx Ann Gunderson, 20, of Spring Valley; Patrick John Mulhern, 18, of rural Fountain; Jeffrey James Schmidt, 19, of rural Wykoff; and Eric Lee Walton, 18, of Spring Valley.

Two other suspects — Joshua Jordan McGill, 18, of rural Spring Valley; and Logan Aaron Adler, 19, of Spring Valley — face misdemeanor charges of assault and trespassing.

A law-enforcement report says two 16-year-old teenagers — a boy from Spring Valley and a girl from Rochester — would be mailed citations for their roles.

According to the criminal complaint, Mower County deputies responded at about 9:50 p.m. for a burglary and assault at a home on East Cabot Street in LeRoy.

Deputies found four alleged victims — three age 20 and one age 18 — who live there as well as two victims, both 18, from Spring Valley. They all reported being assaulted once the group of nine kicked in the front door.

One alleged victim had ended a relationship with Schmidt and was dating someone who lived at the home, the complaint says.

Victims said they awoke to pounding on a door, which then was kicked in.


People were shoved and struck in an altercation, which led to several wall holes and minor injuries.

The 20-year-old who was the attack’s focus had a swollen, black eye that was bleeding. He was struck repeatedly by several people.

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