Extortion trial begins in Thief River Falls
THIEF RIVER FALLS — The extortion trial of Gerald Sunsdahl, 52, began Monday with jury selection.
He is accused of sending a former neighbor a crude hand-written letter threatening to kill the man and his family unless the neighbor delivered $500,000 in cash.
Sunsdahl faces a charge of attempted coercion and two charges of making terroristic threats, each a felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The trial resumes today at 9 a.m. Attorneys expect it will last a day or two, depending how long the jury deliberates.