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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester man was sentenced today to 5 years on probation for his conviction on charges stemming from a shooting in downtown Rochester four years ago.

42-year-old James Grant earlier entered guilty pleas to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and terroristic threats through a plea agreement that led to the dismissal of a felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm and another terroristic threats charge. In addition to probation, he was given a stayed prison sentence of five years.

When the plea deal was finalized back in August, Olmsted County prosecutors signaled their intent to request an aggravated sentence of 15 years in prison.

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Grant was arrested on September 6, 2018, after he was seen firing a handgun into the air while arguing with his girlfriend on a sidewalk near the Mayo Clinic Dan Abrams Center. Mayo Clinic surveillance camera videos were used to identify the couple and court records indicate a search of their nearby apartment led to the discovery of a 40-caliber handgun and ammunition.

According to the criminal complaint, Grant became very agitated when he saw his girlfriend being taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. After his arrival at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, a body camera worn by a detention deputy recorded Grant threatening the arresting officer by saying "the next round he popped off" would be in the officer's head.

Court records state Grant's criminal history includes an aggravated battery conviction in Illinois in 2003 that resulted in a 9-year prison sentence.

 

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