Man charged with first-degree assault for New Brighton shooting

Stephen Jeroy Mister
Stephen Jeroy Mister

A 42-year-old man was charged with first-degree assault in Ramsey County District Court for allegedly shooting another man in the chest at a New Brighton apartment complex, following what police said was an argument over a bottle of vodka on May 10.

Stephen Jeroy Mister, who has no permanent address, was also charged with felony domestic assault, according to court documents, following the Mother's Day shooting incident on the 1400 block of 20th Avenue NW.

The shooting victim, a 23-year-old man, was shot in the chest and required surgery to remove parts of his intestines that were damaged by the bullet, court documents say. Police said the victim is expected to make a full recovery.

Mister allegedly struck his girlfriend's arm with his gun when she attempted to call 911, though documents say she wasn't injured.

Police arrested Mister on May 12 in Brooklyn Park without incident, according to a New Brighton Department of Public Safety release.

The maximum penalty for first-degree assault is 20 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both. For felony domestic assault the maximum penalty is five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

The criminal complaint says Mister and the victim allegedly argued and fought over a bottle of vodka in an apartment, breaking a TV in the process. After the two ended up near the front door of the apartment, Mister allegedly went back inside and returned with a small black handgun.

While Mister's girlfriend was between him and the victim, Mister allegedly shot the victim. When Mister's girlfriend tried to call police, the complaint states Mister allegedly hit her arm with the gun, making her drop the phone. The complaint says Mister then left the apartment complex.

While police were talking to witnesses, documents say Mister, who was at a bar, called his girlfriend. She asked Mister about the shooting and the complaint states he told her he didn't know what she was talking about. He was arrested two days later.

Court documents show Mister has three prior felony domestic violence convictions in the past ten years, dating back to 2006. Court records show Mister was also previously convicted of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and fifth-degree assault.

Mister is scheduled to appear in Ramsey County District Court on June 10.

— Mike Munzenrider


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