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Published December 01, 2011, 09:59 PM

Brossarts Bail Out

(WDAZ-TV) - The family involved in a months-long standoff south of Lakota, ND, is out of jail after collectively posting more than $250,000 cash bail.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - The family involved in a months-long standoff south of Lakota, ND, is out of jail after collectively posting more than $250,000 cash bail.

Rodney Brossart, the father of the family, spent the most amount of time in jail in Devils Lake. He and sons Alex, Thomas, Jacob and daughter Abby were arrested on November 6 after refusing to leave their property.

Rodney was released after paying $165,000 in bail on November 17. His sons each paid their bail, totaling $30,000, about a week earlier.

Abby was released November 7 after paying $2,000.

Rodney's wife, Susan, was not arrested when the others were. She's scheduled to have a court appearance on Monday on a charge of lying to authorities when they asked about guns on their property during a search.

Rodney and his children are scheduled for another court appearance on December 30.

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.

The Brossarts have been on local authorities' radar for years, Janke had earlier said. Rodney has been involved in disputes regarding land and local government issues.