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Second man pleads guilty in Golden Valley shooting case

STANTON — A second man charged in a Golden Valley shooting case has pleaded guilty to burglary.

Bryson Snell of Hazen changed his plea for the Class C felony during a pretrial hearing on June 11, according to the North Dakota Courts website. He was sentenced to three years with 18 months suspended. Snell served 71 days at the Mercer County jail in Stanton and will receive credit for time served. He will also serve three years’ probation and be required to pay $560 in fines.

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Snell and Brett Knudson of Golden Valley allegedly entered Jeffrey Gegelman’s Golden Valley home on March 30, according to court documents. Knudson then allegedly shot Gegelman, who said he returned fire. Snell and Knudson fled in a vehicle driven by Benjamin Schultz of Golden Valley.

The shooting put both Gegelman and Knudson in the hospital with gunshot wounds. Knudson, Snell and Schultz were later arrested on multiple charges for the shooting.

Schultz pleaded guilty to being an accomplice on May 14 during a preliminary hearing at Mercer County Courthouse in Stanton. He 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.

Knudson has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, robbery, burglary, driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces up to 52 years imprisonment and $66,000 in fines. His trial has been set for Feb. 2-6.

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.