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Sentencing date rescheduled for alleged Crosslake shooter

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Sentencing for a 59-year-old Crosslake man — who pleaded guilty in November to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon where he allegedly shot a 31-year-old Crosslake man in the leg in June of 2013 — has been rescheduled to Feb. 27.

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Larry Joe Bolton was scheduled to be seen Monday in front of Judge Erik Askegaard in Crow Wing District Court, but the date was rescheduled.

Bolton was initially charged June 3, 2013, with 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.

When Bolton accepted a plea agreement in November, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to cause substantial bodily harm. The plea agreement dismissed the serious two felony counts of second-degree attempted murder-with intent, but not premeditated and first-degree assault to cause great bodily harm. As part of the plea agreement, the second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon would be dismissed and disorderly conduct was added.

Bolton is accused of shooting Robbie Lee Bjerkness at Bolton’s home on Crow Wing County Road 36. The Crosslake Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at 6:06 p.m. June 3. Bolton was taken into custody without incident and Bjerkness was airlifted to an unknown hospital. Bjerkness entered into surgery upon arrival and the hospital said there was a high probability he would lose one of his legs, court documents 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.

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