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Cass Lake man sentenced to 16 years in prison for a shooting

CASS LAKE — A 24-year-old Cass Lake man was sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday in Cass County District Court to one count of attempted pre-meditated murder in the first degree for his role in a March 4 shooting  incident.

William Earl Morris also was found in contempt of court and was ordered to serve an additional 60 days in custody for his behavior at the sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, Morris exited a motor vehicle at Broken Arrow Lane near Cass Lake and immediately began chasing and shooting Amos Laduke, 31, Cass Lake, while he was carrying his 5-year-old daughter. Laduke yelled for Morris to not shoot the child. Laduke was shot three times with a large caliber handgun and then he collapsed. The daughter was not injured. A concerned citizen observed the shooting and maneuvered his vehicle in between the shooter and the victims. The citizen loaded LaDuke and his daughter into his vehicle and left for the hospital.

Morris took off running and was apprehended by law enforcement officers a short time later.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department cooperated in the investigation.