Man Who Pulled Knife Stays Behind Bars

The man who pulled a knife on a Cass County sheriff’s deputy last August was ordered to serve the rest of his time in the state correctional system.

The Cassgram reports 22-year-old Andrew Q. Stratton of Alvo had pled guilty to terroristic threats, a Class IV Felony. Two other charge, use of a deadly weapon (Class II Felony) and resisting arrest while possessing a deadly weapon (Class IIIA Felony)—were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Cass County Chief Deputy County Attorney Colin Palm said Stratton had already received the benefit of two higher degree felonies being dropped and asked for more jail time for Stratton who has been unable to post bond since his arrest over 290 days ago.

Angela Minahan of the public defender’s office said Stratton had already received counseling in the state system and asked that he be released with time served, or at the least be given probation.

Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier termed the incident at Alvo a “significant event” (archives 8/3/09) and decided on a sentence in the “middle ground” for a Class IV Felony. Stratton was given not less than 20 months and not more than 30 months. With credit for time served, he’ll be eligible for parole in about a month and can “jam out” in about six months.


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