Bond was increased Monday to $1 million for Dustin Sauer, who is accused of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of another man in the middle of Sunday night.Sauer acted “with deliberate and premeditated malice,” Lincoln County Attorney Rebecca Harling said in stating the charges for the Lincoln County Court.
If convicted, Sauer, 34, will face a maximum sentence of 50 years imprisonment, and a minimum of 1 year.
He is also charged with using a firearm to commit a felony, which also punishable by up to 50 years in prison.
Police were called at 2:27 a.m. Sunday to a parking lot at 121 N. Dewey by a 911 caller who said her husband, Sauer, shot a 36-year-old man in the neck.
Investigators said Sauer, 34, went looking for his wife in the middle of the night. He found a man, later identified as Blaine Cornelius, with her and another woman, police said.
Sauer and the man fought, and at some point Sauer allegedly shot him in the neck with a large caliber handgun. The wound was said to be non-life threatening. Cornelius was released from the hospital, the police said Tuesday.
Sauer’s bond was originally set at $500,000. In court, he said attorney Russ Jones would represent him. He is due to return to court on Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing.