Forum News Service, Published March 14 2014
Judge agrees to toss one menacing conviction against ND white separatistCARSON, N.D. – A judge has granted a request by Grant County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz to throw out one of seven convictions against a white separatist who pleaded guilty to menacing people last fall in Leith.
District Judge Donald Jorgensen on Friday signed the order amending the criminal judgment against Kynan Dutton, 29, who pleaded guilty in January to five counts of menacing and two counts of disorderly conduct.
The tossed conviction was related to alleged victim Gregory Bruce of New Leipzig. It was the same charge Schwarz had dismissed against white supremacist Craig Cobb.
Schwarz claims Bruce made contradictory statements about whether he feared that Cobb was going to hurt him. Bruce has said the comment in question was taken out of context.
Schwarz has said the amended criminal judgment won’t affect Dutton’s convictions on the other six counts or his terms of probation.
Cobb, 62, recently entered guilty pleas to one count of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing as part of a plea agreement that calls for him to serve no additional jail time and four years of supervised probation. But the judge deferred acceptance of the plea deal and ordered a presentence investigation.