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Mora man pleads guilty to assault in attempted murder case

A Mora man entered a guilty plea in an attempted murder case last week in Kanabec County Court.

Luke Morrison was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, and terroristic threats stemming from an incident last October.

Morrison pleaded guilty to the second-degree assault charge. The other counts will be dismissed at his sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, Kanabec County Sheriff's Office deputies and EMS first responders were dispatched to a residence on Oct. 1.

Two female witnesses said an argument was heard outside the home between the victim and another man before a black flatbed truck drove toward the victim at a high rate of speed.

The witnesses said the truck successfully struck the victim after multiple attempts before leaving the scene.

The criminal complaint states the victim sustained six broken ribs and a broken sternum in the incident. The victim told a deputy Luke Morrison was the driver of the truck.

In a statement, the victim said he arrived at the residence for a welfare check. An argument allegedly began about family matters before Morrison drove into the driveway.

The victim said he and Morrison have previously had problems, and that he ran toward the road when he saw him in the driveway. Morrison allegedly yelled that he was going to kill him.

The victim also said he was near the truck's transmission when Morrison allegedly backed up and yelled at him to "get out of there or he would finish the job."

According to court documents, the parties agreed to a 34-month executed sentence.

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