On Wednesday, Enrico Taylor pled guilty to two felony counts of assault in the hit-and-run crash outside the Roseville Mall that left one U.S. Army recruiter with serious injuries after a nearly one-mile dragging.
"We are pleased with today's plea where the defendant took responsibility for his criminal conduct and spared any further strain on his victims and their families," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.
Prior to his appearance in Ramsey District Court, Taylor faced the following charges in connection with the Sept. 17 incident:
- First-degree assault
- Second-degree assault
- Criminal vehicular operation -- gross negligence
- Criminal vehicular operation -- great bodily harm
- Criminal vehicular operation (gross misdemeanor) - failure to stop, report
The lower counts of criminal vehicular operation were all dropped, and sentencing is set for Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m.
"We look forward to the sentencing phase where the defendant will hear directly from those whose lives he greatly harmed through his actions," Choi said.
The maximum sentence for both assault charges combined is a potential 30 years and up to $50,000 in fines.
Sgt. 1st Class Travis Torgerson, 42, and Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, 29, were both struck by Taylor's SUV as they walked back to the recruitment center at the Roseville Mall. Stroud was sent over the hood, but Torgerson became trapped under the vehicle.
Taylor fled the scene as others shouted and chased after him, dragging Torgerson for nearly a mile. He also stopped twice to try to dislodge him, but got back behind the wheel and kept driving until Torgerson dislodged himself.
Torgerson suffered broken bones and numerous, severe abrasions to his tailbone and lower back. Torgerson's wife told investigators those injuries will require several skin grafts.