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Mental evaluation ordered after man is charged with making threats to kill deputy

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A Detroit Lakes man will undergo a mental evaluation after being charged with two felonies for threatening to kill a Becker County sheriff's deputy.

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Kelly Albert Sansburn, 37, of 18558 230th Ave., Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with two counts of making terroristic threats.

According to court records, Deputy Dan Skoog earned the ire of Sansburn on Jan. 4, when he arrested him on an outstanding warrant after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Sansburn was also charged with several misdemeanors in connection with that incident.

On the way to jail, he allegedly told Skoog he was going to "kick your ass" and "knock your teeth out."

On Jan. 7, while being brought back to jail from a court appearance, a jailer allegedly heard Sansburn say he was going to kill Skoog by smashing in his head. "You better believe me, it's going to happen," he allegedly said.

Another jailer also heard the threats, which were allegedly made in a matter-of-fact way and directed specifically at Skoog.

Another deputy in court with Sansburn also heard the threats. Sansburn allegedly told him he was "going to take matters into his own hands and kill Skoog."

Yet another deputy also allegedly heard the threats, and they warned Skoog.

Sansburn appeared Jan. 22 before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set bail or bond at $50,000 and set his next appearance for March 1.

Sansburn's attorney, Andrew Berger of Detroit Lakes, moved the court to order Sansburn to undergo a mental examination, and it was so ordered by Irvine on Jan. 22.

The examination will include a diagnosis of the defendant's mental condition; an opinion as to weather, at the time of the alleged act, he was "laboring under such a defect of reason as to not know the nature of the act or that it was wrong," and a statement of the factual basis on which the diagnosis and opinion were made.

Sansburn was still in jail Friday.

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