Last-Minute Plea Deal For Rochester Man Charged After Shootout
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man was scheduled to stand trial today for his involvement in a shooting last year but those plans were canceled due to a last-minute plea agreement.
Court records indicate 28-year-old Joshua Eugene Adams entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. A charge stems from an incident that occurred on May 19 of last year at an apartment complex in northwest Rochester.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Olmsted County prosecutors have agreed to recommend a probationary sentence if a presentence investigation determines that he is particularly amenable to probation. If he fails to cooperate with the investigation or if it finds he is not amenable to probation, the prosecution or Adams will have the option of canceling the agreement.
According to the criminal complaint, Adams was involved in a fight with another man, who showed up in the parking lot at the Ashland Place apartment complex in a red SUV with several other people. It is alleged that one of the occupants of the SUV, identified as 24-year-old Michael King Junior of Rochester, went to confront Adams and there was an exchange of gunfire between the two men.
The court record indicates the two men and other witnesses differ on who fired first, but the complaint says Adams admitted firing his gun once, while King stated that he fired as many as a dozen shots before getting back in the SUV and speeding away.
Adams is scheduled to be sentenced in May. King is charged with second-degree assault and a count of dangerous weapons-drive-by shooting toward a person. He is currently scheduled to stand trial in March.
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