Man with alleged gang connections gets two decades in prison

Chris Hayward 

A man facing several felony charges from multiple criminal incidents in the last two years was sentenced to nearly twenty years in prison, and reportedly had connections to gangland activity that may have been cut short.

According to Burnett County District Attorney James Rennicke, the arrest and prosecution of Christopher Hayward, 33, of Webster, included charges that included several burglaries, including firearms, receiving stolen property, stealing a motorcycle and escape from criminal arrest, as well as several incidents while he was incarcerated, including battery to a fellow inmate and an incident at the jail where he broke up a chair and used a shard of sharp plastic to threaten to stab jailers who tried to get him under control.