A 20-year-old southern Minnesota man was sentenced this week for firing a gun while trying to rob a drug dealer last winter. He faces slightly less than a year in jail plus five years probation. No one was hurt when the gun went off.

Christian Alexander Mayhew-Ykeme of Sleepy Eye was sentenced in Blue Earth County District Court this week according to the Mankato Free Press. Mayhew-Ykeme pleaded guilty to robbery and drug possession, which are felonies.

The report indicates that the man went to an apartment to purchase cocaine and took out a gun to steal the drugs. A scuffle ensued and the gun went off with a bullet going into a wall. Charges have also been filed against the alleged dealer.

In other court news, a case management conference was held by lawyers in the pending Florida murder trial of Blooming Prairie's Lois Riess.

In other local news, a fire early Wednesday broke out at McNeilus Steel in Dodge Center but no injuries were reported initially. Check here for an update.

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