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Mora Man Facing Murder Charges For December Shooting

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 6:41 am

A Mora man faces a lengthy prison sentence after he and four others were arrested on Dec. 23 in connection with a shooting in Wahkon that left a man from Onamia badly injured.

According to court documents, Patrick James Provo, 26, was shot once in the chest by a man identified by law enforcement officials as 22-year-old Mora resident Corey Benjamin.

Benjamin has been charged in Mille Lacs County with a two counts of second-degree attempted murder. It’s also believed that Benjamin faces other charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm. The victim, according to the Kanabec County Times, is expected to survive his injuries.

Public court records show us that Benjamin has a long history of criminal activity – including seven arrests for assault and one for burglary since 2005. Local law enforcement officials told the Times that Benjamin, along with the four other males he was arrested with, are members of the “Native Mob” gang.

The men fled the scene after witnesses say between four and five shots were fired. They were later spotted by a Kanabec County deputy and were arrested.

The Mille Lacs County Messenger reports that a witness identified Benjamin as the shooter. The Isle newspaper also reports that the weapon used in the shooting has not yet been located.

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