St. Cloud Man Pleads Guilty to Drive-By Shooting Charge

St. Cloud Man Pleads Guilty to Drive-By Shooting Charge

ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man has pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting charge after firing at a south St. Cloud home in October 2020.

Nineteen-year-old Jeremiah Torke will be sentenced in May.

St. Cloud Police first responded that day to the 1500 block of 2nd Street North and met with a man who said several shots were fired at his home. Police found seven bullet holes in the home's siding and a bullet hole in a car window along with several spent shell casings.

St. Cloud Man Pleads Guilty to Drive-By Shooting Charge

Moments later, police responded to another shooting complaint in the 1500 block of 10th Avenue South. Officers met with a woman who was the mother of the first victim. Police found two bullet holes in the woman's siding, two more in a parked car, and more shell casings.

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Court records show Torke and another man were robbed in a drug deal at the 2nd Street North residence. A witness indicated Torke said he'd return and shoot up his place and his mother's place.

Records show the witness said Torke shot at both homes to send a message.

As part of the guilty plea, three other charges are expected to be dismissed.

Torke is currently serving an eight-year sentence for shooting another man in the stomach in Kandiyohi County months earlier.

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