SIREN—Jack Garcia, 43, of Braham, Minn., the man accused of shooting a Siren man in the leg last year, has plead guilty to 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety, a class F felony.
It all began in July of 2016 after Garcia entered a Lilac Lane home through a sliding glass door.
The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. The police report alleges Garcia, 42 at the time, of threatening and pointing the barrel-end of a black semi-automatic handgun at both the victim and victim’s girlfriend’s heads before firing one shot into the victim’s thigh.
The report states after the shooting, Garcia took a backpack from the victim’s home and departed, driving a red Cadillac.
The victim was eventually transported by medevac helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment.
Within one hour of the shooting, Webster Police spotted the red Cadillac near a Webster residence where the backpack was discovered along with methamphetamine and a handgun with a bullet in the chamber along with a magazine containing nine additional bullets.
When the authorities arrived at the scene, they noticed a vehicle with a female driver leaving the property. The police report states they later learned the female driver had learned of the shooting, driven to Webster and picked up Garcia on a nearby street. Garcia allegedly laid down in the back seat of the car, out of sight, and left the scene undetected.
The complaint states this driver took Garcia to Clam Dam and dropped him there. He was apprehended and placed into custody by Burnett County Law Enforcement after being spotted riding a bicycle near Clam Dam.
Charges against Garcia submitted to the District Attorney’s office by Siren Police Department at the time of arrest included aggravated battery, armed robbery with use of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, misdemeanor theft, and possession of methamphetamine.
On July 19, 2016, a “double-blind” photo lineup was conducted at the Siren Police Department where the victim and girlfriend picked out the defendant. They both stated, “100 percent sure” Garcia was the perpetrator.
It was later discovered by law enforcement that Garcia is gang affiliated.
Garcia has been in Burnett County Jail custody since the incident and on July 10, 2017 appeared in court for a plea hearing.
The July 10 date was originally set for the beginning of a two-day jury trial; however, a joint resolution was presented to Judge Kutz shortly before the court date.
District Attorney Bill Norine read the agreement out to the court first by suggesting the original aggravated battery felony charge be amended to 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety, a class F felony. It was also suggested that the remainder of the charges be read-in and dismissed at sentencing. These motions were approved.
Norine continued, stating both sides agree that a ten-year bifurcated prison sentence serves as appropriate punishment. Meaning, if approved by the judge at sentencing, Garcia would serve five years incarceration and upon being released, be under five years of probation.
The next court date has yet to be set.