- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Fargo man who pleaded guilty to felony terrorizing will have a chance to keep his clean record.

A district judge has given 54-year-old James Motl to a 3-year deferred sentence for pointing a pistol at his former son-in-law and threatening to kill him. Defense attorney Lloyd Suhr argued Motl’s actions were impulsive, but he had not been in trouble before.

Police say Motl threatened his former son-in-law following a burglary at his daughter’s house.

The Bismarck Tribune says Judge Bruce Haskell told Motl he should have called police about the burglary instead of grabbing his gun.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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