Minneapolis man sentenced to maximum in army recruiter hit-and-run

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A Minneapolis man who admitted to a hit-and-run accident that injured two military recruiters was sentenced on Wednesday.

Enrico Taylor, 52, will receive the maximum sentence of just under 16 years in prison, according to KSTP.

Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and three counts of criminal vehicular operation in November.

Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, 42, of Circle Pines was hit and dragged under Taylor's Jeep Cherokee. 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, of Brooklyn park was also reportedly hit by the vehicle.

The complaint alleges the men were in a crosswalk when they were hit by Taylor's Jeep. The incident happened at the Crossroads near the Roseville Shopping Center, on Sept. 17.

Police say Taylor dragged Torgerson for nearly 3/4 of a mile. At one point, the complaint alleges Taylor stopped the vehicle and tried to kick Torgerson off of his vehicle.

Police say Taylor continued to drive running through stop signs and stop lights with Torgerson remaining stuck beneath the Jeep, according to WCCO.

KSTP says Torgerson suffered severe, but non-life threatening injuries to his body and a broken leg, from the incident.

The Star Tribune reports Taylor apologized in court on Wednesday, but Ramsey County District Court Judge Judith Tilson gave him the maximum sentence.

Officers later found Taylor's Jeep unoccupied in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Roseville. The motel staff called police after noticing Taylor acting unusual. He fled the motel and was arrested at a nearby auto dealership.

Taylor had been arrested multiple times in recent years. State records show his convictions include assault, fraud and theft.

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