Former U.S. senator's son arrested with teens for attempted burglary
Morgan's criminal behavior stirred controversy while his dad served in office.
The 34-year-old son of former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams is facing attempted burglary charges for allegedly trying to break into a home earlier this month in Onamia, a small central Minnesota town in Mille Lacs County.
Officers arrested Morgan Grams on Feb. 2 outside the home, along with two 17-year-old females and a 16-year-old male, according to the criminal complaint.
Morgan has a lengthy history of criminal behavior, and his arrests made headlines throughout his father's time in office. Rod Grams served as a U.S. representative from 1993 until 1995, when he joined the Senate. Grams lost reelection to now-Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2000 election. The Republican made a failed attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar in 2006, and was a rumored gubernatorial candidate in the 2010 election.
In 1999, the Star Tribune published a story questioning whether Anoka County deputies gave Morgan preferential treatment when they arrested him in a car containing 10 bags of marijuana and several beer cans. Morgan was 21 and on probation at the time, and though one of the bags was found under his seat (the other nine on a 17-year-old passenger), the deputies didn't immediately arrest Morgan. Controversy from the article led to further investigation, and authorities eventually announced he would face charges.
He's also been found guilty for DWI, fleeing police, and check fraud over the years, court records show.
According to the Mille Lacs County criminal complaint:
On the evening of Feb. 2, a security officer called the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office after noticing a security light on in the property. He also saw two males outside the house, and two females sitting in a nearby car.
A deputy arrived at the house to find a broken window pane and a scuffed-up rock laying next to the broken glass. He also noticed two sets of tracks leading out to the nearby Mille Lacs Lake, and followed them to Morgan and the 16-year-old.
Morgan denied breaking the window, and told the officer they were headed to visit one of the girl's grandmothers in the Twin Cities. They got lost, Morgan said, and stopped at the house for directions and to "take a piss."
But the teenager told police they had "messed up." He said Morgan broke the window, and they intended to rob the house.
Read the full complaint below:
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