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Frazee man gets jail, probation for burglary

A Frazee man was sentenced Tuesday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of first degree burglary.

Tracie Lamar Downing, 33, of 112 E. Main St., Apt. 2, Frazee, was ordered to serve 39 months in prison, stayed on conditions including one year in jail, with credit for 173 days already served, and up to 10 years of supervised probation. He must also pay $1,160 in court fines and fees.

The sentencing marked a downward departure from normal guidelines for the felony charge; a domestic abuse no contact order was also rescinded at Tuesday's hearing, at the victim's request.

Additional charges including a second count of first degree burglary and one count of felony domestic assault, as well as a gross misdemeanor charge of interference with an emergency call, were dismissed Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from a July 1 incident in which Downing allegedly became involved in a fight with his former girlfriend -- with whom he has two minor children -- and two other females at a Frazee residence.

According to the complaint, he had come to the residence uninvited, and reportedly asked to help put his children to bed. His former girlfriend said yes to the request, but while he was there, he reportedly became upset at a conversation that the women were having and refused to leave when asked to do so.

When the women tried to call authorities for assistance, he reportedly grabbed the cell phones and smashed them against the wall. He refused to leave even after the women tried to forcibly eject him, according to the complaint.

At one point, he pushed the door in and struck one of the women in the head; he also shoved his former girlfriend up against the wall. Another woman was eventually able to sneak into the bathroom and call 911.