Man who shot at truck pleads guilty to attempted murder
WADENA, Minn. -- A man who confessed to emptying a rifle clip at a pickup truck with three occupants pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge at the Wadena County Courthouse.
Logan William Skov, 19, of rural Sebeka, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted murder for the Oct. 6 shooting at a party near Bluegrass.
Skov had already admitted to firing his .22 rifle at a pickup that contained Zachary Neuenshwander and Michael Poplin of Wadena and Karl Natschke of Illinois. During an Oct. 8 interview with a sheriff’s office investigator, Skov said he “usually doesn’t flip out and start shooting stuff up.”
Under a plea agreement, the original charges -- three counts of second-degree attempted murder and three counts of second-degree manslaughter -- were dismissed.
The state is asking for Skov to serve 75 months in prison. Ryan Ries, Skov’s attorney, said the defense will file a motion for a reduced or stayed sentence.
Third-degree attempted murder carries a maximum penalty of 12½ years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Judge Sally Ireland Robertson deferred formal acceptance of the plea deal until Skov’s sentencing hearing, scheduled for June 10.