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Sauk Rapids Man Pleads Guilty To Felony In Race-Related Hit-And-Run Crash

Court ActionFOLEY — A Sauk Rapids man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily harm after a September 2009 incident in St. Cloud.

According to the criminal complaint, 43-year-old Roland Hogrefe was driving down East St. Germain Street when racial comments were exchanged with a group of black men standing in the street.

Records show Hogrefe — who is white — turned the truck around and struck one of the men with his vehicle. Hogrefe continued driving after striking the man. That’s when one of the members of the group in the street fired gunshots toward his vehicle, hitting it at least once.

Hogrefe faced several felony counts in the case including assault and criminal vehicular operation, but Benton County Attorney Robert Raupp says both the victim and witnesses have since left the state and were uncooperative in the investigation.

Raupp says Hogrefe will be sentenced to 90 days in the county jail as part of the agreement.

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