West Calhoun man sentenced for Minikahda Club shooting

Joseph Conrad Rice, of West Calhoun, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to second-degree assault for firing several shots at the Minikahda Club in December 2008 and was sentenced to a year in the Hennepin County Workhouse, according to court documents.   

The former member of the prestigious golf club at 3205 Excelsior Blvd. will get credit for 128 days already served. He has also paid $3,091 for damage to the club, attended Alcoholics Anonymous, undergone a psychological evaluation and been prescribed medications. Hennepin County District Judge Beryl Nord, who sentenced Rice, also ordered him to stay out of the club and banned him from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Police arrested the 63 year old around 1:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2008 at his home on the 3100 block of West Calhoun Parkway after a Minikahda employee reported that he drove out to the club in an older red Ferrari, fired shots at the building and left.

Rice was also arrested a week prior to the incident for refusing to leave the club following a dispute.