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Plea deal rejected for Minneapolis man who sent heavy items off downtown balcony onto cars

A judge Monday rejected a plea agreement struck by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office calling for probation and no prison time for a man who dropped dumbbells, furniture and other items from his ninth-floor balcony onto vehicles passing by his downtown Minneapolis apartment building, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Michael B. Judy, 30, had agreed in December to plead guilty in District Court to felony first-degree property damage for aiming an array of heavy objects at vehicles driving by the building in the 300 block of S. Washington Avenue in early January 2023. None of the items injured anyone, but multiple vehicles were damaged, charges noted.

The plea agreement between the defense and the prosecution called for three years of probation and for Judy to be sentenced under what is called a stay of imposition. That means the conviction would have been reduced to a misdemeanor once he successfully complied with the terms of his sentence and probation.


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