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Court scheduled in attempted murder case

The three individuals charged in connection with a shooting outside a Gladstone bar on New Year's Eve will be seen in Southwest District court in early March.

Robert C. York, 44, has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attempting to shoot Justin Willis, listed as a Gladstone resident, in the face during an altercation that spilled out from the Enchanted Hideaway Bar during the late night hours Dec. 31.

Brothers Rusty Shields, 25, and Ryan Shields, 24, have been charged with one felony count each for being accomplices to the alleged crime. Stark County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dean Franchuk confirmed Friday that York is the Shields brothers' father.

All three counts are Felony A crimes under the North Dakota Century Code. Bond was set for York in the amount of $250,000 and in the amount of $100,000 for the Shields brothers earlier this month.

All three remain in custody at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center. All three requested legal assistance and will be represented by three separate public defenders. Preliminary hearings for all three are scheduled for March 4 in Dickinson.

According to court records, York pointed a sawed-off 20-guage shotgun at Willis' face before discharging the weapon. Willis suffered only minor powder burn and other non-serious injuries as a result of York firing the weapon. It's unknown what the altercation revolved around, although the three were drinking heavily, according to court documents. Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said the three had been doing concrete work in the area, but had been laid off.

Henning said that, following the incident, the three men loaded up a van with two women, three children and a number of belongings in an attempt to flee the area. York is listed in court documents as having an Arizona address while the Shields apparently came to North Dakota from Iowa.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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