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Jury returns verdict in shooting incident at central Minnesota Zorbaz

WILLMAR--A Kandiyohi County jury found Dennis Michael Jacobson guilty Wednesday on three charges stemming from a firearms incident last summer at a popular Spicer nightspot. Jacobson, 39, of Lake Lillian was acquitted on two other charges followi...

custody mug of Dennis Michael Jacobson, 38, of Lake Lillian
custody mug of Dennis Michael Jacobson, 38, of Lake Lillian

WILLMAR-A Kandiyohi County jury found Dennis Michael Jacobson guilty Wednesday on three charges stemming from a firearms incident last summer at a popular Spicer nightspot.

Jacobson, 39, of Lake Lillian was acquitted on two other charges following a two-day trial.

He faced eight counts altogether but three of them were dismissed before the trial began.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Jacobson fired several shots from the window of his truck as he drove out of the parking lot at Zorbaz at closing time early on the morning of Aug. 27. He reportedly was angry with the bar's bouncers for telling him to pour out a half-finished drink as he left the building. He argued with them, then got into his truck and drove toward the door of the restaurant, allegedly pointing a handgun out of the truck window and dry-firing several times. He then loaded a magazine into the gun and fired several rounds out of the window as he drove away.

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Witnesses got his license plate number and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office stopped him shortly thereafter on County Road 8 near Lake Lillian. Authorities found a handgun and a rifle next to him in the vehicle, along with several boxes of ammunition. Jacobson failed several field sobriety tests. He admitted to sheriff's deputies that he'd had eight alcoholic drinks that night but denied pointing a gun at the bouncers.

Jurors found him not guilty Wednesday on one of the most serious charges he faced, second-degree felony assault with a dangerous weapon.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on the second felony charge, reckless discharge of a firearm within the city limits. Jacobson's attorney, John Mack, filed a motion Wednesday for acquittal on this charge, however.

Jurors also found Jacobson guilty of two misdemeanors, carrying a pistol while under the influence of alcohol and fourth-degree DWI. They acquitted him on an additional misdemeanor charge of intentionally pointing a gun.

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