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Man to serve two years in ND prison for firing gun

Gage Cox

WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday, June 4, to serve two years in prison for firing a gun at a Williston home last year.

Gage Cox pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, a class B felony, reckless endangerment and two counts of theft, all class C felonies. He also pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy in a separate case involving a theft from an apartment.

Cox was sentenced to five years in prison, with three years suspended and credit for 278 days time served. He’ll also have to serve three years of supervised probation after his release from prison.

He was arrested in the fall after police say he and another man, Cody Percoski, broke into a truck and stole an AR-15 rifle, along with magazines, ammunition and a scope for that gun, as well as a .17 HMR rifle and a shotgun, according to court records.

Prosecutors claim that in early August, Cox used the AR-15 to shoot at a house and car. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Cox was angry because the car had passed him while he was walking and sprayed gravel and dirt at him.

Cox also pleaded guilty Monday to another class B felony count of conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. In that case, police accused Cox of using a stolen AR-15 rifle to shoot up an oil well site, causing thousands of dollars in damage.