Jory Wiebrand pleads guilty to five counts of criminal sexual conduct
Jory Wiebrand, a 35-year-old Ham Lake man who sexually assaulted multiple women between 2015-2020, pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal sexual conduct, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.
As part of the plea agreement entered during a remote hearing on Jan. 14, Wiebrand pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.The negotiated sentence for these offenses will total 550 months in prison.
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct – case 27-CR-20-10963. On March 23, 2015, defendant sexually assaulted the victim as she was cleaning snow of her car at the 1300 block of 7th Street SE in Minneapolis.
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct – case 27-CR-20-11960. On Feb. 25, 2018, defendant sexually assaulted the victim in her yard at the 800 block of 20th Avenue NE in Minneapolis after she came home from shopping at a convenience store.
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct – case 27-CR-20-10942. On Aug. 4, 2018, defendant attacked the victim as she entered her home at the 800 block of 6th Street SE Minneapolis and proceeded to sexually assault and rob her.
- Second-degree criminal sexual conduct – case 27-CR-20-11167. On Feb. 8, 2019, defendant attacked and sexually assaulted the victim as she was on her way to a bus stop near the 600 block of 8th Street SE in Minneapolis.
- First-degree criminal sexual conduct – case 27-CR-20-9853. On Aug. 7, 2019, defendant attacked and sexually assaulted the victim after she got out of the shower at her home on the 700 block of 4th Street SE in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Kerry Meyer accepted the guilty plea on the first-degree criminal sexual conduct case 27-CR-20-10963, for which he will receive 172 months in prison. As is common practice, Judge Meyer is expected to pronounce Wiebrand guilty of all offenses at his sentencing hearing on March 11.
Prosecutors are seeking 144 months each for case 27-CR-20-11960 and case 27-CR-10942, and 90 months on case 27-CR-11167.These sentences will be served consecutively.A sentence of 360 months on case 27-CR-20-9853, will run concurrent to the other cases.
“I commend the hard work our prosecutors put forth on these cases,” Freeman said. “I also want to acknowledge the exceptional police work that made it possible to identify, arrest, charge and ultimately convict Mr. Wiebrand. Had it not been for their diligent work, he may still be on the loose, tormenting innocent women.
I hope at the time of sentencing, the victims and their families are able to find some closure and can begin the healing process after experiencing such trauma.”
Additional terms of the plea agreement include Wiebrand having to register as a predatory sexual offender, be on conditional release for the remainder of his life, and to pay any possible restitution to all of the victims.