Hecht Accepts Plea Deal for Shooting
Corey Hecht, 32, of Braham pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of second degree assault for shooting Jeffrey Huebner in October.
Hecht originally faced one count of first degree assault and two counts of assault in the second degree.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 30th.
According to the criminal complaint, Hecht, Huebner and a third man were drinking at Hecht’s residence. Investigator say the men have a history of drinking and then fighting with each other. Each of the three are Gulf War Veterans from different branches, the Marine Corps, Navy and Army, and began physically fighting over which branch was “toughest.” The complaint states the third man left after fighting with Huebner, but Hecht and Huebner stayed in the garage and continued drinking.
Hecht told police eventually he and Huebner “got into it,” and he thought Huebner was going to kill him. Allegedly, Hecht went over to a work bench, grabbed a .357 revolver, loaded it and shot Huebner.
Huebner was able to drive himself to a neighbors where he honked the car horn repeatedly in the driveway to get their attention. Eventually the neighbors came out, called 9-1-1 and Huebner was transported to the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora. He was later airlifted to St. Cloud.
Physicians at the hospital determined two separate bullet wounds caused Huebner’s two lungs to collapse. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team determined Hecht fired three shots. Huebner was hit once in the shoulder area and once under his left arm.