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Man gets prison for shooting, drug deals, sexual assault

In a one-year period, Terry Izeal Heggs of Rochester shot a man outside a nightclub, was arrested after a months-long cocaine investigation and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

He was sentenced for all three crimes in Olmsted County District Court on Monday and is headed to prison for a little more than three years after getting credit for 222 days served.

"This man is not to be trusted, and if it were up to me, he'd do life in prison," the sexual-assault victim said at the hearing.

As part of a plea agreement, Heggs, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for the Nov. 1, 2009, shooting outside the former Aquarius nightclub in southeast Rochester. Heggs fired a gun in the parking lot and hit the victim in the leg, according to police.

The sexual assault and the drug sting both happened in 2010, while Heggs was awaiting trial for the shooting.


Speaking in court Monday, the sexual-assault victim said Heggs raped her while she was sleeping.

"I see his face in my nightmares," she said.

The original charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct was amended to fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct as part of the plea agreement. Heggs also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree drug sale crime after originally being charged with nine felonies, resulting from a police investigation late last year.

Heggs addressed the court Monday and said he was going to prison because people "wanted to get me in trouble." Olmsted County District Judge Kevin Lund corrected him during the sentencing, saying, "You got yourself locked up by your behavior."

Following the terms of the plea deal reached by Heggs' public defenders and the Olmsted County Attorney's Office, Lund pronounced a 68-month prison sentence for Heggs to which time served will apply.

Heggs will serve two-thirds of the remaining sentence behind bars and one-third on supervised release. He must also register as a predatory offender for 10 years.

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