Plea deal accepted in cemetery disturbance
CRYSTAL FALLS — A Minnesota man accused of attempting to dig up a body at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls before firing a pistol as officers approached has accepted a plea deal on a reduced charge that he only disturbed “trees, shrubs, grass, plants or soil” at the grave site.
Jack Neal Logan Jr., 53, of Blaine, Minn., pleaded guilty Monday in Iron County Trial Court to malicious destruction of trees, shrubs, grass, plants or soil-between $200 and $1,000, a one-year misdemeanor; and reckless use of a firearm, a 90-day misdemeanor.
In exchange for the pleas, Iron County Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Brule dismissed the original, more serious charge of attempted disinterment and mutilation of dead bodies, a five-year felony.
However, Logan must forfeit the Ruger LCP .380 pistol used in the incident, continue with mental health counseling and pay $221 in restitution, Brule noted.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 25.
Logan admitted in court the June 28 incident happened at his father’s grave site on city property in the cemetery.
Crystal Falls Police officers said they went to the cemetery on a report of a suicidal man with a firearm. Logan then fired a single shot from his pistol, but neither he nor officers were hurt, police said.
Neither Brule nor Logan, who declined a defense attorney, would comment further on the case.
Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or firstname.lastname@example.org.