A Ham Lake man who sexually assaulted multiple young women he didn't know in southeast Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to five charges.
Jory Wiebrand, 35, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal sexual conduct on Jan. 14, including four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the negotiated sentence will mean Wiebrand spends more than 45 years (550 months) in prison. Wiebrand, who was first charged in April 2020, was charged in connection to more than a dozen cases dating from 2015-2020.
“I commend the hard work our prosecutors put forth on these cases,” Freeman said in a statement. “I also want to acknowledge the exceptional police work that made it possible to identify, arrest, charge and ultimately convict Mr. Wiebrand. Had it not been for their diligent work, he may still be on the loose, tormenting innocent women.
"I hope at the time of sentencing, the victims and their families are able to find some closure and can begin the healing process after experiencing such trauma.”
The five cases Wiebrand has pleaded guilty to happened in Minneapolis, many near the University of Minnesota, between 2015-2019. The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges include:
- On March 23, 2015, Wiebrand sexually assaulted a woman as she was cleaning snow off her car on the 1300 block of 7th Street SE in Minneapolis.
- On Feb. 25, 2018, Wiebrand sexually assaulted a woman in her yard on the 800 block of 20th Avenue NE in Minneapolis after she got home from shopping at a convenience store.
- On Aug. 4, 2018, Wiebrand attacked a woman as she entered her home on the 800 block of 6th Street SE in Minneapolis. He sexually assaulted and robbed her.
- On Aug. 7, 2019, Wiebrand attacked and sexually assaulted a woman after she got out of the shower at her home on the 700 block of 4th Street SE in Minneapolis.
The case in which Wiebrand pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual assault happened on Feb. 8, 2019, when he attacked and sexually assaulted a woman as she was on her way to a bus stop near the 600 block of 8th Street SE in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Kerry Meyer accepted Wiebrand's guilty plea for the March 23, 2015, assault for which he'll receive more than 14 years (172 months) in prison.
Prosecutors are seeking 12 years (144 months) each for the Feb. 25, 2018, and Aug. 4, 2018, cases, as well as more than seven years (90 months) for the Feb. 8, 2019, case. For the Aug. 7, 2019, case, prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 30 years (360 months), which would run concurrent to the other cases.
Additional terms of the plea agreement include Wiebrand being required to register as a predatory sexual offender, be on conditional release for the rest of his life and to pay any possible restitution to all the victims.
The judge is expected to pronounce him guilty of all five offenses at his sentencing hearing on March 11.