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Valley City man accused of attempted murder changes plea

December 8, 2021 GMT

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A Valley City man charged with attempted murder has changed his plea to guilty.

Alex Mooridian, 27, is accused of shooting another man in Valley City last February. The victim has since recovered. Mooridian previously pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The man who was shot told police he woke up to find Mooridian standing over him holding a pistol. The victim says he and Mooridian talked for a moment before the man stood up and grabbed an unloaded assault-style rifle.

Officials say that’s when Mooridian shot the man once in the abdomen, KFGO reported.

Mooridian surrendered at the Valley City Police Department. Court documents allege Mooridian told investigators he shot the victim with the intent to kill, and stated if he would do it again if given the chance.

Mooridian faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in February.