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Crosslake man sentenced for shooting man in leg

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Larry Joe Bolton, 60, Crosslake, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 27, in Crow Wing County District Court to 10 years of supervised probation for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

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Bolton pleaded guilty to that charge last November for allegedly shooting Robbie Lee Bjerkness, 31, Crosslake, in the leg in June 2013.

Judge Erik Askegaard sentenced Bolton to a stay of execution of 36 months in prison, meaning Bolton will not serve prison time unless he violates conditions of his release.

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. A plea agreement dismissed the 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 was dismissed and disorderly conduct was added.

Bolton was sentenced to 90 days for the disorderly conduct charge, but was given credit for time already served, which was 172 days.

Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan filed a motion with the court to recommend a downward departure sentence for Bolton for several reasons, including his age; he has no criminal history; he was feeling distressed during the time of the shooting incident; he did call 911 to turn himself him; he cooperated with authorities on the case; and he shows remorse.

Ryan said both the victims, who did not attend the sentencing hearing, supported the downward departure sentence. Ryan said his office found out last Thursday morning that Bjerkness was in custody in the Mille Lacs County Jail on previous charges.

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