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Forum News Service, Published January 08 2014

3 Brossart brothers to plead guilty in 2011 terrorizing case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Rodney Brossart’s three sons have agreed to plead guilty to terrorizing law enforcement officers by brandishing weapons at deputies the day Brossart was arrested in June 2011 in a dispute over a neighbor’s three cows and three calves wandering onto his farm near Lakota.

Brossart was convicted Nov. 7 by a Grand Forks jury of a similar felony terrorizing charge and is set to be sentenced Tuesday. The jury also convicted him of two misdemeanor counts of preventing arrest and violating the state’s stray cattle laws, but acquitted him of a felony theft charge relating to the cattle and of a misdemeanor count of damaging a deputy’s vehicle during his arrest.

An hour before Brossart is to be sentenced Tuesday morning, the judge has slated change-of-plea hearings for Thomas, Jacob and Alex Brossart, according to court documents filed this week.

The three sons each are charged with a similar Class C felony terrorizing count with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.