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Granite Falls man released from prison last year on his way back

GRANITE FALLS -- A 22-year-old man who last year completed 21 months in prison was sentenced Friday to another 21 months in prison.

District Judge Randall Slieter sentenced Gabriel Joseph Ross, 22, of Granite Falls, according to information from the Yellow Medicine County Attorney's office.

Ross pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to felony charges of fifth-degree assault and terroristic threats for an incident that occurred Sept. 26, 2009, in Granite Falls.

Granite Falls police officers responded to a report Ross punched a man in the parking lot of Jake's Pizza.

According to the complaint, the incident began in the bar when the defendant allegedly began berating a woman. He claimed he had completed a two-year prison sentence for crimes committed by her brother and that he planned to go outside to his car and grab an SKS rifle and shoot her.

Once outside, he allegedly sucker punched a man and began wrestling him when officers arrived at the scene.

They subsequently obtained a search warrant and opened a safe in the defendant's car which contained a loaded HiPoint Firearm Model JCP pistol, a small battery-powered scale, a small metal box containing a powdery residue, several small cellophane packages and two hand towels smelling strongly of marijuana. Ross was charged with felony possession of an assault weapon, and felony counts of fifth-degree assault and terroristic threats.

Court records show that Ross was sentenced to a 21 months in prison in May 2008 for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tom Cherveny

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

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