Bird Island man gets probation, jail time in Cedar Mills assault
WILLMAR -- Jeremy Jon Hoff, 26, of Bird Island, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation, 120 days in jail and a $500 fine for his role in a March 26 incident where three men attempted to run over and kill a 27-year-old man in Cedar Mills.
As part of his sentence on a third-degree assault charge in Meeker County District Court, Hoff was also ordered to pay $2,249 in restitution, jointly with co-defendant Bruce John Johnson, 25, of Hutchinson. He was given credit for 77 days already served in jail and ordered to submit to an anger management assessment and a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.
Johnson 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.
A third man, Alexander David Jensen, 27, 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.
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.