Published December 03 2012
ND farm family in standoff seeks plea agreementGRAND FORKS – A northeastern North Dakota farmer involved in a prolonged standoff with authorities last year is negotiating with prosecutors to forestall a criminal trial that could put him and family members in prison.
Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte said a plea agreement likely also would include Rodney Brossart’s wife and their four adult children.
Welte is assisting the state’s attorney in Nelson County, where the Brossarts were involved in a summerlong standoff in 2011 that began as a case of missing cattle. Authorities allege the family members threatened officers with guns and ignored repeated orders to appear in court. Defense attorneys have questioned the government’s conduct, including the use of a surveillance drone.
Charges against Brossart family members include theft and terrorizing.