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Cox pleads guilty to terrorizing

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Robert Lee Cox

A Killdeer man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of terrorizing.

Robert Lee Cox, 46, appeared before Judge William A. Herauf in Stark County District Court.

According to the Dunn County criminal complaint, Cox threatened a woman, saying "if anything happened to him, she would never find her children again," causing victim to fear for her children's safety.

Three other charges were dismissed: burglary, a Class B felony, and reckless endangerment and menacing, both Class A misdemeanors.

According to complaint, Cox attempted to forcefully enter a bedroom and brandished a knife at a male victim while making threatens to inflict serious bodily injury.

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Though the burglary charge was dismissed, the basis for the charge was included with the terrorizing charge.

Cox also pleaded guilty to two charges of disobedience of a judicial order, one from March 14 and the other from July 7.

In the first instance, he contacted the female victim by phone and in the second, on Sunday, he attempted to contact her by text message.

In North Dakota, a Class C felony carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both, with minimum court fees of $525.

A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 360 days in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Cox has been in custody with North Dakota Department of Corrections since being charged in March.

For terrorizing, Cox was sentenced to 366 days, with credit for 121 days served and 245 days suspended for two years, and placed on supervised probation.

He must also pay court fees totaling $560.

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For the first charge of disobedience, Cox was sentenced to 121 days with credit for 121 days served, and a $25 fine.

For the second charge, Cox was sentenced to 360 days, with credit for one day served and 359 days suspended for two years, with supervised probation.

Herauf gave Cox multiple warnings that he was not to have contact with the victims.

This includes electronically or through mediators or a third person.

"No contact means... No. Contact. Directly or indirectly," he said. "I can't be any clearer on that."

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