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Minnesota man facing criminal charges for shooting at airplane

A Minnesota man is facing serious allegations after allegedly shooting at an airplane. Multiple criminal charges have been filed against the man, who recently made his first court appearance. He is likely now working with an attorney to respond to these charges.

According to court documents, the man allegedly used a high-powered rifle to shoot at a small aircraft flying over his property. The pilot of the airplane reported that he heard a noise when flying over the property and later found a bullet hole in the fuselage. A witness who was also on the property at the time corroborated the pilot's story, stating that he witnessed the man shooting at the plane.

The man has since been arrested and is now facing one count of second-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree assault and two counts of criminal damage to property. In his defense, the man allegedly stated that he was using lethal force to defend himself, believing the planes were "engaged in terrorism." If convicted, the attempted murder charge could result in a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the assault charge has a maximum of seven years in prison.

Whatever criminal charges an individual may face, it would likely be beneficial to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can work toward safeguarding someone's legal rights as well as help them build a strong defense to present before the court. Anyone accused of criminal activity could consult an experienced Minnesota attorney for more information and assistance. 

Source: twincities.com, "Minnesota man put a bullet hole in passing plane, charges say", Christopher Bjorke, Oct. 15, 2017

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