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Austin man sentenced for attempted murder

Kuoviy Omot Kuoviy Omot

Entered an Alford plea in shooting.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 2:13 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A Mower County man will spend years behind bars for a shooting.

Kuoviy Kwot Omot, 22 of Austin, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years and four months in prison, with credit for 575 days already served. He entered an Alford plea in August to 2nd degree attempted murder.

Omot was arrested after a shooting at Western Manor Apartments in Austin in January 2017. Authorities say he shot a man in the leg after robbing him during a drug deal.

As part of a plea deal, charges of 1st degree attempted murder, attempted aggravated robbery, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, and illegal possession of a firearm were dismissed.

An Alford plea means Omot does not admit guilt but accepts he could be convicted at trial and will submit to sentencing.

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