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St. Paul Park man sentenced in gun discharge case

A St. Paul Park man was sentenced last month for recklessly shooting a gun within city limits.

James P. Mitchem, 60, pleaded guilty June 26 to reckless use of a dangerous weapon, a gross misdemeanor. His sentence includes two years of probation, 15 days in jail and 120 hours of community service, among other conditions.

According to the Washington County District court criminal complaint:

St. Paul Park police were called March 3 to the 1000 block of Selby Avenue on a report of gunshots in the area. A man said he heard shots, and then a woman approached police to say she and her daughters heard gunshots as well. The woman’s daughter watched a neighbor, identified as Mitchem, fire a gun from his rear deck.

Police went to Mitchem’s house and he met them at the door intoxicated and playing loud music, the complaint said. Mitchem told police he was mourning the death of his mother so he fired two shots with his 16-gauge shotgun off the deck of his home, which is surrounded by other homes and less than a block from a park.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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