Man Gets 29-Plus Years For Attempted Murder, Arson

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — A 21-year-old Prior Lake man was sentenced Tuesday in Dakota County District Court to 29 ½ years in prison in connection with what court documents say was a “random, brutal assault” and arson back in May of 2008.

Irvin Scott Cook was convicted of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary and motor vehicle use without consent on May 17, 2010. All charges were felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, a 52-year-old man who owned a Burnsville townhome was attacked in a home invasion on May 11, 2008. He was stabbed three times in the face and head and 17 times in the back. The invaders set fires in eight different locations, disabled smoke alarms, turned on gas burners and fled.

They left the victim to die and stole his car. The victim was somehow able to escape from the house, ran to a neighbor’s home and called police. The criminal complaint states that the victim did not know the attackers.

The criminal complaint states Burnsville Police found blood at the scene identifying Shaqueen Perril Whitfield, a 22-year-old Prior Lake man, as one of the invaders. Whitfield led police to Cook and testified against Cook during his trial.

Whitfield pleaded guilty on June 22, 2009 to first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson and first-degree burglary and will be sentenced June 16. A third person was also charged in the incident, but those charges were dropped after evidence showed the man wasn’t involved with the crime, according to the complaint.

  • michellefrommadison

    He’ll be out of prison in a fraction of that time due to the funding problems associated within the prison system. He’ll be lucky to do even 29 months.

    • Cant wait for this One

      I know for a fact those boys in Stillwater and St. Cloud cant wait for this one. He must have done something or have ties to the wrong individuals. It wont be fun experience for him if he goes there.

      Hope you enjoy your daily human injections there you pock-faced maggot!!

  • Mr. Mark

    here’s hoping he really hates his life behind bars

  • Barbie

    and the motive is……………………………? what? why?

  • michellefrommadison

    Looks like he should have killed her if he has to do a long sentence, make it worth his while. These long sentences are the reasons why so many child predators kill the children. Goes hand in hand, long sentences, more dead kids.

    • Ashley T

      thats horrible, im not sure your information is correct….

    • Joey

      Who’s “her?” Read the story. And what are you talking about. A robber and killer are two different crimes. Are you drinking alcohol again with that prescription?

      • michellefrommadison

        No, not drinking or taking prescription drugs like you do. Lock up that women though.

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    Look at the expression on his face. He looks so smug and is thinking “this is so stupid”. His facial expression really is saying everything he is thinking. He doesn’t care he killed someone. A person, a human being and he doesn’t care.

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