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Clarkfield man sentenced to 39 months in prison for pulling shotgun on man during altercation at party

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GRANITE FALLS -- A 21-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history will serve 39 months in prison for threatening a person with a shotgun at a drinking party attended by underage persons last summer.

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Andrew Timothy Oswald, of Clarkfield, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Paul Nelson, according to the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's office.

Oswald had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault -- dangerous weapon.

Four other charges were dismissed.

Oswald has an August 2008 conviction for theft of a firearm and has a lengthy criminal history for offenses ranging from check forgery to theft, according to court records.

The complaint against Oswald in this case alleges he threatened two people at a party held sometime before July 11 at his parents' residence near Clarkfield. Oswald accused an 18-year-old man attending the party of shooting out a security light at the home.

Oswald pointed a BB gun at the man and began yelling at him.

A 20-year-old man stepped in and told the defendant that the 18-year-old had done nothing.

The defendant is then said to have pointed a shotgun at the 20-year-old man.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation from July through December 2009, in which interviews were conducted with witnesses.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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