Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking and Shooting at Waite Park Motel 6
ST. CLOUD -- A man involved in the Waite Park Motel 6 shooting has pleaded guilty to his charges.
Twenty-one-year-old Jonathon Hanson has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and attempted first-degree murder. Hanson will serve 17-years and 2-months in addition to his 5-years and 11-months sentence for being a felon in possession of a handgun and second-degree assault charges.
Police were called to the motel shortly after 6:00 p.m. on December 12, 2014. Records show a victim had been shot six times while he was standing outside of his car. Two adults and a child were in the car during the shooting, they were not hurt.
Officers found a total of 16 shell casings at the scene, they followed two sets of footprints to a Waite Park home in the 100 block of 7th Avenue North. Police arrested Hanson and 20-year-old Deandre Jones at the home.
Jones is currently serving 3-years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun.
As a result of an investigation police determined Hanson was involved in a sex trafficking operation at the motel.