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Defiant defendant back in court on weapons, ammo charges

WILLMAR -- A man who mocked the court during his trial this past March and claimed the proceedings were a hoax was back in court again Wednesday -- this time for possessing guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in violation of the terms of his probation.

Terry Dean Nemmers, 45, was arrested Friday at his rural Glenwood home.

Pope County sheriff's deputies confiscated some 20 pistols, rifles and shotguns from the house, along with at least 1,000 rounds of live ammunition that Nemmers was apparently stockpiling.

As a convicted felon, Nemmers is not allowed to possess firearms. It's possible that he could now go to prison.

Wednesday's hearing to revoke his probation agreement was conducted via interactive television with Judge Frank A. Kundrat. The judge took the issue under advisement.

Nemmers also submitted a rambling letter he had sent to Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Russell Anderson, invoking the Bible and the ancient Greeks.

He was recently released from the Kandiyohi County Jail after serving a four-month jail sentence for aggravated forgery -- a felony -- for having fake license plates on his car. He also was convicted of attempting to evade taxes by failing to register his car, a gross misdemeanor.

After leaving jail he went home to Pope County, where he lives with his mother, and to finish the five years of probation on which he was placed.

Through a tip, however, Kandiyohi County corrections officials learned that Nemmers was buying guns and ammunition at Zero Tolerance Arms and Ammunition in Willmar.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and Pope County sheriff's deputies and a probation officer from Kandiyohi County showed up on his doorstep on Friday.

Court records described Nemmers as uncooperative, at one point telling a deputy he was under arrest "for breaking and entering."

Deputies finally managed to enter the house and put Nemmers in handcuffs. Numerous guns and ammunition were found in a closet next to the kitchen and on a gun rack in an entryway. Ammunition belts, speed loaders and other equipment also were confiscated.

Nemmers, who represented himself at Wednesday's hearing, remains in custody.

He is no stranger to the courtroom. During his trial in March, he was defiant, uncooperative and refused to identify himself, provoking Judge Donald Spilseth to charge him with contempt. In the courtroom at the trial, he wore a T-shirt that said "No Kangaroo Court" and recited Bible verses to the judge.