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WILLMAR -- Two of the men charged in connection with a March 26 incident where they attempted to run over and kill a 27-year-old man in Cedar Mills have entered guilty pleas.

Jeremy Jon Hoff, 26, of Bird Island, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony third-degree assault charge in Meeker County District Court. He will be sentenced July 6.

Alexander David Jensen, 26, of Dassel, pleaded guilty May 25 to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. He was sentenced to a year of probation and a $200 fine. He was also ordered to testify at any trial in connection to the incident.

He had faced two second-degree assault charges for standing by with a metal pipe as Hoff assaulted the alleged victim.

A third man, Bruce John Johnson, 25, of Hutchinson, is charged with second-degree attempted murder and assault. His next court appearance is July 14. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 9-10.

Hoff was originally charged with one count of third-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault in the case. He drove a pickup that nearly struck the victim and is accused of assaulting the man with a hammer.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the victim was treated at Meeker Memorial Hospital.

According to the complaint against Johnson, he drove a Cadillac STS that hit the man's car and used the car as a weapon.

The man told investigators he recognized Johnson as the driver.

The car was later discovered at the home of a friend of Johnson's and it appeared that Johnson had stayed at the residence without permission.

Johnson is on supervised release in McLeod County for a felony conviction of first-degree controlled substance crime from May 2007.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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