Rochester man pleads guilty to assaulting police officer, theft of motor vehicle

(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester man pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer, motor vehicle theft, and fleeing police in an Olmsted County Court appearance on Monday.

Tyrone Land, 31, entered plea deals in four cases in exchange for the state requesting a 21 month executed sentence.

Land’s defense will argue for a departure from the 21-month sentence.

Land pleaded guilty to 4th-degree assault after allegedly punching a police officer in the face in May of this year.

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An additional charge of obstructing the legal process was dismissed.

Land already faced charges of motor vehicle theft after taking a truck a Rochester man left running in December 2021.

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Land pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft in the December 2021 case. An additional charge of fleeing peace officers in a motor vehicle was dismissed.

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Land also pleaded guilty to one May 2 charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. All charges from an April traffic stop that allegedly uncovered drugs were dismissed.

Land’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2022.