HINCKLEY, Minn. – A suspect was identified and formally charged in Pine County, Minn., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for a shooting that occurred on Oct. 17 in Hinckley, when Webster resident Preston Decorah, 25, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Joseph M. Dunkley, 37, St. Paul, Minn., was arraigned on one count of possession of ammo or firearm by an ineligible person, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of 2nd-degree felony assault, one count of 2nd-degree felony assault causing substantial bodily harm and one count of intentional discharge of a firearm/ dangerous weapon. Dunkley was in custody for a felony probation violation when he received the charges for the new offense.
According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 17, around 12:47 a.m., deputies from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police Department responded to a residence in the 400 block of 1st St. SW in Hinckley, Minn., after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.
The report states that Decorah asked Chantel Saddler, 19, Siren, to drive him and his cousin Gage Lindemann, 23, Webster, to Hinckley where they planned to buy some marijuana. Lindemann and Decorah entered the home. A struggle occurred when a man reached for a gun. The two ran from the residence and were shot at multiple times with one bullet hitting Decorah in the leg.
Saddler was waiting in the vehicle and approached by Dunkley who held her at gunpoint and demanded her car keys. The keys were later returned to her after Dunkley heard that the police were on their way. Saddler drove and found Decorah shot in the leg but they couldn’t find Lindemann. They wrapped Decorah’s leg in a diaper and went to Burnett Medical Center for treatment. He was later transferred to another hospital for treatment.
If convicted on all five counts, Dunkley faces a maximum of 57 years in prison, $109,000 in fines, or both. An omnibus hearing, or pre-trial hearing, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18, in Pine County Circuit Court. There is also an outstanding Burnett County bench warrant for failure to appear on misdemeanor charges possession of THC. – Becky Strabel