Jurors started deliberations late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 30, and returned a verdict Friday morning, Dec. 1.
In line with protection lawyer Steven Mottinger, the trial hinged on whether or not jurors believed Wangstad deliberately fired at regulation enforcement officers in the course of the standoff on the Rodeway Inn on March 18, 2016.
Police have been referred to as to the motel on reviews of suspicious conduct, and when officers reached Wangstad’s room he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired the weapon, in response to courtroom paperwork. A standoff ensued, and Wangstad ultimately surrendered.
Earlier this yr Wangstad, 39, of Breckenridge, Minn., pleaded responsible to fees associated to the standoff, together with terrorizing, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a managed substance.
Wangstad was sentenced to 5 years in jail on the terrorizing cost, whereas sentencing on the opposite expenses he pleaded responsible to was postponed pending the decision of the newest trial.
Until sentencing is enhanced, the tried homicide cost Wangstad confronted is a Class A felony with a minimal sentence of 4 years and a most of 20 years. If enhanced, a Class A felony might carry a most sentence of life in jail.
Cass County Assistant State’s Lawyer Reid Brady stated his workplace has filed a discover looking for sentencing enhancement within the case. “We do not get many instances the place officers are shot at,” he stated.
Brady stated Decide Douglas Herman indicated that sentencing would possible be set for the week of Dec. 18.