HASTINGS, Minn. - A Hastings man has closed the chapter to a violent and deadly 2009 incident that ended one life and changed another by pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Taylor James Pass of Hastings, pled guilty to attempted murder in the second degree (intentional) in connection with an assault that occurred in a Burnsville townhome on April 7, 2009. As part of a plea agreement Pass was sentenced to 153 months in prison, with the understanding that the prison sentence would be stayed and Pass would actually serve 240 days in jail. The deal also called for the remaining charges against him to be dismissed.
In April of 2009, Pass was charged with two counts of second degree murder of 35-year-old Tina SanRoman and multiple counts of Attempted Murder and felony assault of a 23-year-old male victim identified in court papers only as O.A.R. The charges arose out of an incident in which Pass was alleged to have stabbed SanRoman and O.A.R. in the garage of SanRoman's townhome.
Tina SanRoman eventually died as a result of her injuries. The case was initially tried before a Dakota County jury in October of 2009, but that jury returned not guilty verdicts on the charges of murder related to San Roman. Jurors were also unable to reach verdicts on the charges of attempted murder and assault of O.A.R.
Prosecutors could not re-try Pass on the murder charges due to the double jeopardy clause, and a judge decided he could not be prosecuted on attempted murder charges without admitting evidence of a murder in which he had already been acquitted. The judge subsequently decided to dismiss all remaining charges.
Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom appealed the judge's ruling, and the State Supreme Court reversed the judge's decision to dismiss charges against Pass. A plea deal was struck in the wake of that decision.
"The guilty plea and sentence has brought to an end this very tragic and difficult case for all concerned." Backstrom said in a written statement. He also expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Tina SanRoman and his wishes to O.A.R. for his continuing recovery from the traumatic injuries he suffered.
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