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Forum News Service, Published January 11 2013

Man who forced woman, girl into cold pleads guilty

GRAFTON, N.D. – A Warroad, Minn., man pleaded guilty this week in a North Dakota courtroom to recklessly endangering a woman and her daughter in December when he forced them to stand outside in frigid weather. Scott Boothman also pleaded guilty to drunken driving, a misdemeanor.

Three other charges, including two felonies, were dismissed in the court hearing Thursday in Grafton.

Boothman, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 25.

The reckless endangerment charge is a Class C felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Similar felonies charging him with interfering with an emergency phone call and terrorizing were dropped, as was a misdemeanor assault charge.

It was Dec. 9 and Boothman, his girlfriend and her daughter were driving to Grand Forks on a Sunday night. The woman said Boothman threatened to kill her. Near the exit to Grafton on Interstate 29, about 35 miles north of Grand Forks, he forced the woman and girl to get out of the vehicle in wind chill of 25 to 30 below, according to court documents.

The woman tried to call 911, but he tackled her in the ditch. The three then drove off. When a Walsh County deputy responded to the 911 call, Boothman fled at speeds up to 100 mph for about a mile before pulling over.