Vise thrower accepts plea deal, headed to prison

The Bloomington man accused of injuring an Iraq War veteran by throwing a metal vise through his windshield will spend more than six years behind bars. Fox 9 reports Gerret Parks pled guilty to one count of felony first-degree assault.
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The Bloomington man accused of injuring an Iraq War veteran by throwing a metal vise through his windshield will spend more than six years in prison. Fox 9 reports Gerret Parks pled guilty to one count of felony first-degree assault.

More than a dozen other drivers reported similar incidents of heavy objects being hurled at moving cars before Parks was arrested in March. Those property damage charges have been dropped.

He is still facing charges related to a drunken chase in Wisconsin.

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It follows an incident where National Guard Sgt. Jon Stacke was injured when a metal vise broke through his windshield while he was driving on Normandale Boulevard Monday. KARE 11 reports Stacke is expected to recover after undergoing multiple surgeries. This is the sixth time since January 18 that a vehicle was hit by an object in Bloomington.

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