Weather Forecast


Teen who received gun as graduation gift pleads guilty in shooting

News Detroit Lakes,Minnesota 56501
Detroit Lakes Online
Teen who received gun as graduation gift pleads guilty in shooting
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. - A Plankinton teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated assault for shooting another teenager with a pistol he had been given as a high school graduation present.

Logan Evans, 18, entered his plea during circuit court at the Hanson County Courthouse.

In exchange for the prosecution dropping two other aggravated assault charges and a misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a weapon, Evans pleaded guilty to the one count of aggravated assault.

On June 22, Evans was driving a vehicle along Interstate 90 in Hanson County. Nicholaus Lawson, 17, and two other juvenile passengers were in the vehicle. Court documents say Evans pointed a 9 mm pistol toward the back seat of the vehicle after he’d removed the magazine. Thinking the gun wasn’t loaded, he pulled the trigger. A bullet was in the chamber and struck Lawson in the chest.

Lawson survived the shooting and has been recovering at home after a stay in a Sioux Falls hospital.

Evans told law enforcement he pulled the trigger as a joke because he thought it wasn’t loaded, court documents say. He said he received the gun as a graduation gift.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.