Vise thrower sentenced to more than 6 years in prison

Gerret Parks of Bloomington was sentenced to six years and three months in prison Tuesday morning after admitting to throwing dangerous items, including a bench vise, at oncoming vehicles in Bloomington. District Judge Lyonel Norris said he was left "speechless" by the crimes and described Parks as a "disturbed person."
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Gerret Parks of Bloomington was sentenced to six years and three months in prison Tuesday morning after admitting to throwing dangerous items, including a bench vise, at oncoming vehicles in Bloomington, the Star Tribune reports.

District Judge Lyonel Norris said he was left "speechless" by the crimes and described Parks as a "disturbed person."

The newspaper says Parks must also pay restitution to the several victims whose vehicles were damaged, including National Guard Sgt. Jon Stacke who was severely injured and needed several surgeries after a metal vise broke through his windshield.

FOX9 reports Parks apologized in court for hurting anyone and that he was in "a very seriously depressed state."

Parks also admitted to drinking heavily at the time the incidents took place, KARE 11 says.

Parks pleaded guilty to first-degree assault last Tuesday.

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