Yoney charged with attempted murder

Travis Eugene Yoney, 44, Minot, is accused of trying to shoot and kill a one-time confidential informant whose testimony resulted in Yoney’s Class B felony conviction last year for delivery of marijuana.

Yoney made an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Friday before Judge Gary Lee on the Class A felony attempted murder charge. He is also charged with Class B felony burglary, Class C felony terrorizing, Class C felony reckless endangerment, Class C felony prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon, and Class A misdemeanor violation of an order prohibiting contact.

Judge Lee set bond at $250,000 cash or corporate surety and ordered Yoney to stay away from the alleged victim and his family.

Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney William O’Driscoll told the judge that the alleged victim had worked as a confidential informant and had purchased marijuana from Yoney. Yoney received a deferred imposition of sentence in the drug delivery case last year. O’Driscoll said in court that Yoney has made statements about the alleged victim on Facebook and there was an order in effect prohibiting Yoney from having contact with the other man.

According to a Minot police press release, police were called to a southwest Minot residence at 9:28 p.m. on Thursday. Yoney had allegedly gone to the residence and fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle while outside. The round struck the exterior of the residence and then penetrated inside the home. Yoney allegedly forced his way into the home and fired a second round at the other man but missed him. O’Driscoll said in court on Friday that the gun jammed. According to the police press release, the alleged male victim then tackled Yoney and subdued him until police arrived. No one in the home was injured.

Yoney told Judge Lee in court on Friday that he is homeless and he will ask the court to appoint a lawyer for him.

Yoney was charged last year with delivering marijuana for $1,000 in March 2017 to a confidential informant working with the Ward County Narcotics Task Force. He pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2018 and was given a deferred sentence. He was also ordered to pay $2,325 in court costs. Yoney pleaded guilty in January to one count of Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass. He has two other Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass charges pending in district court, one dating back to April 14 and one to April 23.

Judge Lee set a preliminary hearing on the attempted murder charge and other most recent charges for Sept. 27.