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Published November 08, 2013, 08:52 AM

North Dakota farmer convicted of terrorizing in unusual case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A northeastern North Dakota farmer has been convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago but found not guilty of stealing six of his neighbor's cattle that wandered onto his property and started the unusual case.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A northeastern North Dakota farmer has been convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago but found not guilty of stealing six of his neighbor's cattle that wandered onto his property and started the unusual case.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that Rodney Brossart, of rural Lakota, faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 14.

Brossart was arrested after a summer-long standoff in 2011. Authorities say Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings. The case drew widespread attention because police used a military-style unmanned drone to conduct surveillance on the Brossart farm.

Prosecutors earlier dropped charges against Brossart's wife and daughter. His three sons also are charged with terrorizing. Their trials haven't been scheduled.

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