- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man shown on video threatening Dakota Access Pipeline protesters has pleaded guilty to charges as part of a deal to avoid jail time.

Jesse Dean McLain pleaded guilty in Burleigh County District Court to two misdemeanor counts of menacing for the December confrontation with protesters at a Ramada Inn in Bismarck. WDAY-TV reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/2oKhh5q ) that McLain initially faced five years in prison for two felony counts of terrorizing.

Authorities say a hotel guest recorded video of McLain wearing a mask and threatening him and others at the Ramada Inn.

McLain received a one-year jail sentence as part of his plea agreement this week, but he won’t have to serve any of it as long as he takes anger management classes and completes a year of probation.

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Information from: WDAY-TV, https://wday.com

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