GM man pleads guilty in drive-by cat shooting case

A Grand Meadow man who was involved in a drive-by shooting of a cat while drinking with minors pleaded guilty Thursday in Mower County Court to three charges.

Bradley J. Suess, 35, pleaded guilty to a DWI, hunting under the influence of alcohol and hunting with artificial lights while possessing firearms — all gross misdemeanors. As part of a plea deal, four other charges were dropped. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4.

Mower County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of shots fired from a vehicle in Pleasant Valley Township, at around 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. The witness got the vehicle’s license plate number and told police he believed the shooter shot his neighbor’s cat, according to the court complaint. An officer found the dead cat in the neighbor’s yard, which the homeowner identified as hers. Another officer later matched the vehicle description and license and stopped Suess and his passengers.

Officers immediately arrested the driver and passengers and found a .30-30 and .22 caliber rifle in the back, several other guns, three empty shell casings in the front of the vehicle, boxes of ammunition and several open beer cans on the floor, according to the court complaint. The complaint also states one of the passengers admitted to shooting the cat, and Suess admitted that he and the others were driving around looking to shoot raccoons. Suess said the act was “pure stupidity,” according to the complaint. Amazi said one of the juvenile’s fathers later retrieved the guns from law enforcement.

Suess also failed a blood-alcohol test after registering a .14 blood-alcohol content, according to the complaint. Suess was released from Mower County Jail on $3,000 bail earlier this month.

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