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Lakota farmer convicted of terrorizing

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GRAND FORKS - A jury Thursday night convicted Rodney Brossart, a Lakota, N.D., farmer, of terrorizing the two law enforcement officers who arrested him in 2011, but found him not guilty of stealing the six cattle of his neighbor that were wandering on his land, beginning the unusual case.

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Both charges were felonies. The terrorizing charge has a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

He also was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges: of preventing his own arrest June 23, 2011, which carries a top penalty of a year in jail, and of failing to obey the state’s law on handling stray livestock, a lesser charge.

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