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Man gets prison for threatening deputy

Kelly Albert Sansburn, 27, of 18558 230th Ave., Detroit Lakes has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for threatening to kill a deputy.

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 the deputy 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 the deputy.

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.

Sansburn was sentenced May 13 on a felony count of making terroristic threats. An identical count was dropped in a plea agreement.

District Judge Peter Irvine sentenced him to 29 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $50 fine.

Citing mental health issues, defense attorney Andrew Berger asked for a downward departure in the state's sentencing guideline, but Irvine denied the request.