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N.D. farmer sentenced for terrorizing officers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Lakota farmer Rodney Brossart, convicted of terrorizing law enforcement as they tried to arrest him in a stolen cattle case, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison, with all but six months suspended during two years of supervised probation.

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“This case should have never happened,” State District Judge Medd said. “Chalk it up to stubbornness, to stupidity, to being at odds with your neighbors or any combination of those. We should never have been here if the cows would have just been returned.”

Brossart was convicted in November of terrorizing law enforcement during his June 23, 2011  arrest. It's a Class C felony with a top sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fined. Medd also fined Brossart $1,000 and ordered him to report to the jail Jan. 21.

On two misdemeanor charges of preventing arrest and violating the state's stray cattle law, Medd sentenced him to serve shorter sentences at the same time.

The cattle law violation involved a neighbor's three cows and their calves that strayed on to his farm.

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