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Published October 21, 2011, 02:17 AM

Rodney Brossart Speaks For First Time Since Standoff

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke spoke to Rodney Brossart on Thursday for the first time in a months-long standoff southeast of Lakota.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke spoke to Rodney Brossart on Thursday for the first time in a months-long standoff southeast of Lakota.

Grand Forks Herald writer Stephen Lee reports that Janke spoke with Brossart for about an hour, with Janke saying that it's some progress in a long-running standoff at the Brossart's farm.

Lee reports the Brossarts want to harvest their soybean and corn crops before its too late, but they fear being arrested on outstanding bench and arrest warrants.

Janke said he hopes the correspondence with Brossart signals a thawing in the situation that could lead to a peaceful resolution.

Brossart, 55, and his wife Susan and seven of their eight children live on the farm that includes a house, trailer home and two RV trailers.

Brossart said he questioned why so many people were worried about how he would react to being arrested. He says the family no longer has any guns and that "we are good people, we are not violent people," he told the Herald.

The family was involved in a 16 hour-long standoff in late June over six cattle that wandered onto their property.

According to court documents, when served with a search warrant by Nelson County deputies, Rodney refused to give the cattle back and said if they came onto his property they wouldn't be coming back.

When Rodney was arrested that day, he allegedly resisted and had to be tazed. His daughter, Abby, allegedly struck a sheriff's deputy and was also arrested.

After being placed in a squad car, Rodney allegedly caused over $1,000-worth of damage to the car.

When officers returned to the home later in the evening, they were met by the three brothers with long rifles and were allegedly threatened. The officers then fell back and called in reinforcements from the Grand Forks SWAT team and other agencies.

The brothers were taken into custody without incident the next morning.

They all failed to show up for their preliminary hearing on August 26. Bench warrants were issued that day for Thomas, Alex and Jacob Brossart. Bench warrants allow for an immediate on-sight arrest and are issued when defendants fail to appear in court.

The three are charged with terrorizing in the standoff, a Class C felony, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Rodney is charged with one count of terrorizing, a Class C felony, one count of theft of property, one count of criminal mischief, one count of failure to comply with estray order (for the cattle) and one count of preventing arrest.

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