WORTHINGTON — Attempted murder charges have been filed in Nobles County District Court against a Rushmore resident who allegedly tried to shoot a victim in the head.
Perry Helms Jr., 23, was arrested Sunday after a 9-1-1 caller told dispatch someone was at a Worthington residence pointing a gun at people. Helms was located near the scene, and a .22 caliber revolver was found on the front lawn, loaded with five rounds and one chamber empty.
Witnesses told police that Helms had arrived at the house during a child's birthday party and shown everyone that he had a gun. He reportedly held a gun to an individual's head and pulled the trigger twice, but the gun had malfunctioned. While holding the individual in a headlock, he allegedly told everyone at the party he was going to kill them, then everyone present, then himself.
Helms had an active order for protection against the individual, and his criminal history prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition.
Helms was charged with six felony offenses: attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, violation of an order for protection while possessing a dangerous weapon and threats of violence with an intent to terrorize.
The most serious charge, attempted first-degree murder, carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison but not less than five years. If convicted, Helms will be sentenced based on criminal history.
He is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $500,000 with conditions or $1 million without.
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