Pulley admits to two FD shootings

Both incidents happened in 2016

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Gregory Pulley Jr. looks down during his guilty plea hearing in Webster County District Court Monday. Pulley pleaded guilty to attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection with two 2016 shootings. He also pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen weapons.

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Gregory Pulley Jr. looks down during his guilty plea hearing in Webster County District Court Monday. Pulley pleaded guilty to attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection with two 2016 shootings. He also pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen weapons.

A Fort Dodge man admitted in court Monday to two shootings in Fort Dodge that happened late last year, including one in which a person was injured.

Gregory J. Pulley Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon during a plea hearing in Webster County District Court Monday.

In addition to the shootings, Pulley pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen weapons.

Pulley admitted that, on Nov. 9, 2016, at the Mardale Apartments, 707 Seventh Ave. N., he shot Marquez Clayton, 24, of Fort Dodge, as Clayton was inside his car.

Pulley admitted he fired “several rounds” at Clayton, who was hit by some of those rounds.

Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson told 2nd Judicial District Chief Judge Kurt Wilke, who presided over the hearing Monday, that the wounds were “mostly superficial.”

Wilke asked Pulley why he shot Clayton.

“It was an issue between me and Mr. Clayton,” Pulley said.

Pulley said he wasn’t trying to kill Clayton, but said he did know he could have died.

“Yet you did it anyway?” Wilke asked.

“Yes,” Pulley said.

Pulley also admitted to shooting at another man on Dec. 15, 2016, at the Yesway store, located at 115 N. 22nd St.

He said he had “issues” with that victim.

“He was outside the door and I was across the street,” Pulley said. “I discharged my firearm towards him and his vehicle.”

Benson said about 12 shots were fired.

Some of the bullets went inside the store, where there were customers and employees.

No one was hurt in that shooting.

Pulley admitted that he had sold guns that he bought on the street to a confidential informant who was working with law enforcement.

He said he had sold guns to that informant in the past, and while he didn’t know for sure they were stolen, he said he had suspicions about them.

“I figured that they were no good,” Pulley said.

“You figured there was something funky about them?” Wilke asked.

“Yes,” Pulley replied.

He also said he wasn’t trying to kill the man or hurt anyone in the store.

“It was more of a scare,” Pulley said.

Wilke accepted Pulley’s guilty pleas and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Jan. 2, 2018.

Pulley will be held without bond pending his sentencing.

Benson said the plea agreement between her office and Pulley’s attorney, Doug Cook, of Jewell, recommends a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.

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