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Cannon Falls, MN (KROC-AM News) - A rural Cannon Falls man was sentenced this morning for murdering his own father at a Cannon Falls area farm.

22-year-Cole DeGroot was ordered to prison for 15 years, although he was given credit for the 438 days he has spent in jail since the fatal shooting occurred in August of last year. DeGroot admitted to a second-degree murder charge last month through a plea deal that led to the dismissal of another count of second-degree murder, along with manslaughter and assault charges.

Court documents indicate the deadly incident occurred after DeGroot and his father were hired to do some work on a farm near their home and got into an argument after a skid loader became stuck in a creek. Investigators say the younger DeGroot responded to the fight by riding a bike to his family's property and retrieved a gun, which he used to kill 56-year-old Terry DeGroot while he was sitting in the cab of the skid loader.


Cole DeGroot surrendered when Goodhue County Deputies arrived at the property. Court records say it was Cole who made the 911 call that brought the deputies to the scene. In that call, Cole told a dispatcher he was "going to do something stupid" and shoot his dad.

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