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

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.

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.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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