A Bismarck man facing felony charges in a February shooting at a Mandan residence pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanors and will spend two years on probation under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Terrance Soriano, 36, was accused of shooting a 26-year-old man and assaulting a 28-year-old woman on Feb. 14 after going to the residence to pick up his daughter. An altercation arose amid tension between Soriano and the woman -- his daughter's mother -- about the woman's new relationship with the man, Assistant Morton County State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter said.
Soriano pleaded guilty Monday to five misdemeanors, admitting to South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty that he took a gun with him to the residence but asserting that injuring someone with it was “an accident.”
Hagerty accepted the plea agreement reached by Goter and Soriano’s attorney, Bobbi Weiler. Soriano left the state after the incident but returned and turned himself in, Goter said. The shooting victim was never located by authorities and is believed to have left the state. His story would have to have been relayed by other witnesses who also were uncooperative, the prosecutor said.
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The agreement “isn’t ideal” but included probation time for Soriano because “we don’t want him back in the community without supervision,” Goter said.
Soriano has done substantial jail time since his arrest, and probation "will put him back on good footing,” she said.
The agreement was “a good resolution,” Weiler said, adding that Soriano will go to work once released and understands the terms of his probation.
Hagerty sentenced Soriano to concurrent one-year prison terms and suspended 180 days of that time. She placed Soriano on probation for two years and gave him credit for 180 days served.