Hunter plea deal rejected

Ray Hunter

A plea deal was rejected by the defendant when Judge Cherie Clark departed from the sentencing recommendations of the deal Thursday.

Ray Anthony Hunter, 48, Jamestown, had been charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, reckless endangerment, terrorizing and possession of a controlled substance, Class C felonies and misdemeanors preventing arrest, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and possession of a firearm.

Hunter was accused of grabbing a gun when officers were called to a Jamestown gas station for a report of a person behaving erratically on April 28.

Under the proposed plea agreement, the attempted murder charge and one misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance were dismissed. The plea agreement included a recommended sentence of two years in the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with credit for 91 days served along with two years supervised probation.

Andrew Noreen, officer of the Jamestown Police Department involved in the arrest of Hunter, said he disagreed strongly with the plea agreement during a victim impact statement.


Noreen said it had the potential to become deadly with multiple casualties.

"It could have been really bad for many people including myself," he said.

Hunter said he had done wrong by having a loaded gun in his vehicle and threw himself on the mercy of the court.

Clark departed from the sentencing recommendation by sentencing Hunter to four years in the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with two years on the other felonies and 30 days on the misdemeanor charges. All would have been served concurrently.

The plea agreement was rejected by Hunter's attorneys who then requested Clark recuse herself from further hearings.

Hunter remains in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $50,000 bond. No further court actions are scheduled at this time.

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