CARLTON, Minn. – A boy accused of leading a group of teenagers who dumped pitchers of ice water on nursing home residents has pleaded guilty to felony stalking charges.
The 16-year-old Cloquet youth was sentenced last week to spend at least one year at a juvenile detention facility and three years on probation. He was taken to the facility last weekend, Assistant Carlton County Attorney Dennis Genereau said.
The youth acknowledged going to the Sunnyside Nursing Home in Cloquet three times, in June, December and January, with other teens to toss water on residents before running away.
According to the criminal complaint, he thought one victim's reaction of "screaming and freaking out" was "hilariously funny."
He underwent a 35-day psychiatric assessment. Two other juveniles, both from Proctor, have been charged in the case, Genereau said.
At his last court appearance, the teen apologized to the daughter of one victim, Genereau said Wednesday.
"He asked if there was anything he could do to help make it better," Genereau said. "It's a small first step, but it's a step."