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Spicer man pleads guilty to felony harassment charge

WILLMAR — A 66-year-old Spicer man pleaded guilty to a felony harassment charge Friday stemming from reported incidents of harassing his neighbor.

Terry Dean Johnson had also faced charges of felony pattern of stalking conduct and 10 other gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges of harassment or stalking and violating a restraining order, which were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Johnson was convicted of misdemeanor damage to property in 2010 resulting from a complaint of damage to security cameras at his neighbor’s property located on Henderson Lake.

After Johnson was convicted, his neighbor continued to call the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office on several occasions. The neighbor reported that Johnson was trespassing, following and harassing him and continuing to interfere with security cameras on his property.

The neighbor obtained a harassment restraining order in July 2012, posted no trespassing signs and told Johnson to stay off his property, according to the complaint.

He also said he was afraid of Johnson and had coping mechanisms to avoid contact with him, including sleeping with a gun, taking different routes home and not turning lights in his house.

Video footage provided by the homeowner included Johnson trespassing on his property, disabling his security cameras with a laser pointer and placing signs within view that displayed derogatory messages.

Johnson admitted to placing the signs facing his neighbor’s property to prove his neighbor looks on his property, according to the complaint.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 29.