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Waseca man gets probation for role in standoff

By Jason Schoonover, Austin Daily Herald

AUSTIN — A Waseca man who tried helping a man taking part in an 11-hour armed standoff with police last December will serve probation.

David Michael Huff, 36, was convicted of a misdemeanor for aiding an offender Friday in Mower County District Court.

He was sentenced to a stayed term of 90 days in jail and will serve a year of probation. A felony for aiding an offender and three gross misdemeanor charges for child endangerment were dismissed.

According to court records, Huff tried to help his friend, 37-year-old Tyler John Hill, after he had barricaded himself in a Lyle Township home with a shotgun on Dec. 10, 2016. Hill eventually surrendered to police.

During the ordeal, Huff arrived at 12:46 p.m. and approached the residence, and officers had to stop him by using lights and the horn of an unmarked squad car.

Huff told police he was a friend of Hill, who he said had asked him to come to the residence. Huff had children in the car and deputies ordered him off the property.

Later, a detective observed Hill’s phone had several recent phone calls and texts from Huff. Two messages from Huff at about 7:45 p.m. read, “Call me I got a way 2 get u out 4REAL” and “I jus thot but ull have 2 walk in cold4 a min so they cant c my head lights we use dark as our advantage.”