FARGO — A 29-year-old man accused of stealing a woman's car and then striking her as he drove off was sentenced Monday, Oct. 14, to serve five years behind bars.
Jared James Shepherd, of Fargo, appeared in Cass County District Court on Monday before Judge Steven Marquart, who handed down the five-year sentence on felony charges of robbery, reckless endangerment and theft.
Shepherd received credit for having already spent 143 days in jail, and he must pay about $1,000 in restitution.
On May 7, a Fargo police officer responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at a gas station in the 2100 block of University Drive South, according to charging documents.
A woman told police she left her vehicle running, went inside to get coffee and returned to discover a man, later identified as Shepherd, sitting in the driver's seat, court papers show.
Surveillance video showed Shepherd getting into the vehicle and striking the victim with the vehicle, according to court papers. The footage also showed Shepherd backing up the vehicle for several feet with the victim still on the hood before she fell off.
Authorities found the vehicle and apprehended Shepherd in Dilworth, Minn., court papers show.