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Man pleads guilty in Golden Valley shooting: Two others expected to go to trial

One man involved in a Golden Valley shooting is going to jail while two others have pleaded not guilty.

Benjamin Schultz, Golden Valley, pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to burglary Wednesday during a preliminary hearing at the Mercer County Courthouse in Stanton for an incident that resulted in a shootout at Jeffrey Gegelman’s Golden Valley home.

According to an affidavit, Schultz allegedly drove Bryson Snell of Hazen, and Brett Knudson of Golden Valley, to Gegelman’s house with the intent to steal power tools. Snell and Knudson went into the house, according to court documents, where Knudson allegedly shot Gegelman. Gegelman returned fire and hit Knudson, after which the three fled the residence.

Knudson and Snell also had hearings on Wednesday, but pleaded not guilty, according to the North Dakota Courts website. Both have pretrial hearings set for June 11.

Knudson has been charged with attempted murder and robbery — both are Class A felony charges — a Class B felony burglary charge and two Class A misdemeanors — driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Snell faces a Class C felony burglary charge.

Knudson faces up to 52 years imprisonment and $66,000 in fines. Snell would be subject to five years and a $10,000 fine.

Schultz was sentenced for the Class C felony to two years imprisonment with all but 90 days suspended, according to court documents. He was given credit for 43 days served at the Mercer County Correctional Facility in Stanton. He will serve the remaining 47 days at the jail.

Schultz was also placed on two years’ supervised probation and is forbidden to come in contact with Gegelman, according to the affidavit. That includes going to Gegelman’s residency or floral shop in Beulah.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.