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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.

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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