Algona shooting suspect’s charges reduced

POCAHONTAS — An Algona man charged with attempted murder stemming from a September Rolfe shooting will plead guilty to less serious crimes, according to plea agreements filed earlier this month.

Joshua Schmidt, 18, will plead guilty to going armed with intent and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, class D felonies.

Previously, he was charged with those two offenses in addition to attempted murder and assault while displaying or using a dangerous weapon.

In exchange for his plea, he will receive an indeterminate prison term of up to five years for each of the two charges and a fine between $1,025 and $10,245. It’s unclear from the agreement whether the terms would be served concurrently or consecutively.

In September, the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 102 Grant St. in Rolfe for a reported shooting at the residence.

The victim and witnesses identified the alleged shooter by clothing worn at the time as Schmidt, 18. On the evening of Sept. 12, they allege the defendant shot one shell from a short-barrelled, 20-gauge shotgun at the victim, but missed the target before fleeing on foot.

The victim was not injured.

Schmidt was taken into custody on Sept. 14 after an exhaustive search and booked into the Pocahontas County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

Schmidt does not have a prior criminal history of violent offenses. The most serious of his previous charges was possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.


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