07/25/2019- A plea deal is reached in the case against a Pembine man accused of shooting and killing his wife in January. 56-year-old Gary Rogge was facing one count of 1st degree intentional homicide, but on Thursday, just days before his jury trial was set to begin, he agreed to amended charge from the state and pleaded no contest to one count of 1st degree reckless homicide in the death of 63-year-old Shelley Erickson-Rogge. Judge Jim Morrison reviewed the amended information and says he feels it supports the proper enforcement of state law.
Rogge allegedly shot his wife in the chest at their home on the evening of January 13th following an argument between the couple. Rogge claims he was intoxicated at the time and says the gun accidentally discharged while he was demonstrating a “quick draw.” This 1st degree reckless homicide conviction carries a maximum potential sentence of 40 years initial confinement followed by 20 years of extended supervision. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 14th.