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Crosslake man pleads guilty to lesser charge

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A 59-year-old Crosslake man who faced a second-degree attempted murder charge pleaded guilty Thursday, Nov. 21, in Crow Wing District Court to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm.

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Larry Joe Bolton had faced four felony charges for allegedly shooting Robbie Lee Bjerkness, 31, Crosslake, in the leg in June at Bolton’s residence on County Road 36: second-degree attempted murder-with intent, but not premeditated; first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm; second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm; and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan said Bolton accepted a plea agreement Nov. 21, where he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm, and the two felony counts of second-degree attempted murder-with intent, but not premeditated, and first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm were dismissed.

Also as part of the plea agreement, Ryan said second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon would be dismissed and disorderly conduct would be added. This charge was filed against Bolton in regard to a woman who was lying in bed with Bjerkness at the time of the shooting.

Bolton will be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2014.

Ryan said the state sentencing guidelines for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm is 36 months in prison, with the sentence stayed for 10 years. However, sentencing will be up to the judge, who may not go by the state guidelines.

Bolton was released from custody Nov. 21 after he accepted the plea agreement.

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