- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A northeastern North Dakota farmer charged with terrorizing law enforcement officials in 2011 has been acquitted.

Defense attorney Mark Friese says a jury in Grand Forks found Rodney Brossart, of rural Lakota, not guilty on one count of felony terrorizing on Wednesday.

Prosecutors accused Brossart of threatening law enforcement officials in June of 2011 who came to his property look for missing cattle.

A jury in 2013 found Brossart guilty of terrorizing and misdemeanor charges of preventing arrest and failing to comply with state laws on wandering cattle. The North Dakota Supreme Court in January threw out his terrorizing conviction, citing a mistake in jury instructions.

Friese says he and his co-counsel requested the case not be tried again, but prosecuted successfully sought a retrial.



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