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Second Man Pleads Guilty in St. Augusta Shooting

Jerod Jakel
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ST. CLOUD — The second of two men accused in a shooting incident that injured a man in St. Augusta last October has pleaded guilty three charges against him.

22-year-old Jerod Jakel has pleaded guilty to three felony counts in exchange the remaining counts be dropped.  Jakel pleaded guilty to first degree assault, second degree assault and being a felon in possession of a gun.

According to the criminal complaint, 30-year-old Erik Magnuson brought Jakel to the man’s house in St. Augusta to collect on a drug debt. Jakel is accused of confronting the victim with a gun. A struggle ensued and the gun went off, hitting the victim in the abdomen. Records show Jakel and Magnuson fled the scene with two bags of methamphetamine.

Officers later stopped their car near St. Joseph and found a sawed-off shotgun and methamphetamine. Police say the two admitted throwing the handgun used in the crime out the car window. It was later recovered.

The victim underwent surgery and survived the ordeal.

Magnuson previously pleaded guilty to first degree drug possession and first degree burglary. He is expected to get just under eight years in prison when he is sentenced July 11th.

Jakel is expected to get just over 10-years in prison. No sentencing date for Jakel is currently available.

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