Mpls. Man Gets Maximum Sentence for Hit-and-Run of 2 Army Recruiters

Updated: 01/15/2014 7:05 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Enrico Taylor
Enrico Taylor

A Minneapolis man was sentenced Wednesday in a hit-and-run that injured two military recruiters.

The hit-and-run happened in Roseville around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

In Nov. Enrico Taylor pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, and three counts of criminal vehicular operation.

He got the maximum sentence which is just under 16 years in prison.

Taylor spoke at the sentencing. He was very emotional as he apologized, begged for forgiveness and asked for a lighter sentence.

Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, 42, of Circle Pines, was hit and dragged, according to the criminal complaint. Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud, 29, of Brooklyn Park, was also reportedly hit by the vehicle and rolled over the top of it.

The soldiers were in a crosswalk when they were hit by a Jeep driven by Taylor, according to the complaint. Taylor allegedly did not slow down after hitting the men.

Police said Taylor continued driving, dragging Torgerson for about 3/4 of a mile.

At one point Taylor stopped to try to kick Torgerson out from underneath the vehicle. Torgerson told authorities when the driver [Taylor] couldn't remove him from under the vehicle, he kicked him "like he was kicking a football," according to the complaint. He then allegedly drove off with Torgerson still stuck under the SUV.

Torgerson suffered severe, non-life threatening injuries to his body as well as a broken leg, according to Roseville police.

Torgerson spoke at the sentencing. He asked for the maximum sentence, saying he has to live with his injuries from the hit-and-run.

The soldiers involved are non-commissioned officers of the U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Roseville, according to Ken Plant of Army Public Affairs.

Torgerson's stepmother says he has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to state criminal records, Taylor has a criminal past dating back to at least 1997. His convictions include theft by swindle, fifth-degree assault, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and check forgery.