ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Kidnapping case spurs guilty plea

We are part of The Trust Project.

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

A third man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and robbery charges in a Rochester case and now faces the possibility of more than nine years in prison.

Edward John Michael Williams, 28, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to 11 felony charges.

He is one of five men charged with kidnapping and assaulting as many as six juveniles in Rochester in an attempt to get back 18 pounds of marijuana they allegedly stole last November.

ADVERTISEMENT

Two of them already pleaded guilty to similar charges and await sentencing. A fourth man, Harkamal Singh, pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon. The case against the fifth man remains open.

Williams' trial was set to begin Monday afternoon. It was called off when the plea agreement was reached.

Under the agreement, several other charges were dismissed. The prosecution also agreed to not seek a sentence higher than 112 months in prison.

What To Read Next
Caitlin and Jason Keck’s two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation committee begins next month.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met on Jan. 5, 2023, to consider the application for Summit Carbon Solutions.
Qualified Minnesota farmers will receive dollar-for-dollar matching money to purchase farmland.