James Milton Blue, II guilty of attempted murder, 16 other felony counts

A Minot man, James Milton Blue, II, has been sentenced to 20 years in the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

Blue entered an Alford guilty plea to 17 separate felony charges in North Central District Court in Minot Friday. An Alford plea can be entered by a dependent who maintains innocence but recognizes there is enough evidence to produce a guilty verdict. A Class C felony charge of contact by bodily fluids or excrement was dismissed by Judge Gary Lee.

The most serious of the 18 felony counts with which Blue was charged, attempted murder, stemmed from a shooting incident at a north Minot mobile home park on January 16, 2017. Blue was alleged to have discharged a firearm in the direction of his girlfriend and son as they fled a mobile home. Subsequently, Blue reportedly fired in the direction of two Minot Police officers, one of whom returned fire. Blue was not hit by a bullet but was apprehended.

Following Blue’s change of plea hearing yesterday Lee issued sentencing, the most severe of which was the charge of attempted murder. On that count Lee sentenced Blue to serve 15 years of a 20 year sentence. The 85 percent rule applies, meaning that Blue cannot be released from incarceration on any basis until he serves 85 percent of his sentence.

While sentencing on other charges will run concurrent with Blue’s attempted murder sentence, he also received a five year sentence on a reckless endangerment charge that is to run consecutive to all other counts.