Man who shot ex-wife in North St. Paul gets 20 years in prison

A man recently convicted of shooting his ex-wife with a shotgun at her workplace in North St. Paul, was sentenced Aug. 9 to serve 20 years in prison. 

His felony-level second degree attempted murder conviction was classified as “with intent,” but “not premeditated,” and also carries a payout of $3,554 in restitution.

John Steurer, 48, of St. Francis, had been married to the victim for 23 years before their divorce was finalized Nov. 9, 2016. 

According to the criminal complaint, at around 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2016, Steurer confronted his ex-wife in her office at Anchor Mold and Tool Company, located in the 2200 block of Second Street in North St. Paul, before chasing her and then shooting her with his shotgun. 

When the shotgun did not fire a second time, Steurer continued to pursue his ex-wife out of the building, where a struggle ensued. She was then able to break free and run back into the locked building to wait for North St. Paul Police. 

The woman was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where she was treated for a collapsed lung, an injury to her small intestine and other injuries caused by the shotgun blast.

Steurer had fled the scene in a vehicle before police arrived, and was later found in Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids where he suffered self-inflicted gunshot wounds, which he has since recovered from.

In March he pleaded “not guilty” to the attempted murder charge. KSTP reported Steurer testified in his own defense in court, saying he meant only to cause his ex-wife physical pain, not to kill her.

According to KSTP, while the woman read her victim impact statement, she noted she was out of work for three months, had three surgeries, a collapsed lung, major ACL injuries and scarring on her left eye as a result of the attack.

“This will physically and mentally affect me for the rest of my life,” she added.

 

— Aundrea Kinney

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