Press Bar Shooter Pleads Guilty
ST. CLOUD -- A Mississippi man accused of shooting a Press Bar employee has pleaded guilty to one count of second degree attempted murder. Cordney Holmes entered the plea in Stearns County District Court Wednesday.
The 25-year-old fired six shots at James Gackstetter after Holmes was asked to leave the bar.
According to the criminal complaint, Gackstetter told Holmes and two underage girls to leave the bar after Holmes was seen providing them alcohol. Once outside, Holmes took out a .38 caliber pistol and fired the shots, hitting Gackstetter three times, twice in the abdomen and once in the hand.
Holmes fled the scene and was tracked to an address approximately three blocks away. Police found a discarded orange sweatshirt and a handgun in a nearby snowbank. Holmes was arrested and taken to jail.
Gackstetter underwent abdominal surgery and survived the shooting.
The Stearns County Attorney's Office says they will ask Judge Andrew Pearson for the state guidelines of just under 11 years in prison when Holmes is sentenced October 15th. Holmes will ask the judge for a downward departure from the guidelines and a shorter prison term.
As part of the plea, a first degree assault charge has been dropped.