Nicholas John Endriss, 24, of Hackensack, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of making violent threats.

According to court records, on July 15, law enforcement was called to Essentia Health St. Mary’s hospital to help with Endriss, who had grabbed a doctor by the neck and tried to take him to the floor.

Earlier that evening, he had threatened to kill the doctor, and threatened to kill him again when he had him by the throat, according to the criminal complaint. A nurse witnessed the assault, and hospital security assisted the doctor until police arrived.

On Jan. 8, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him to a year and a day in prison, stayed five years.

Endriss was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for two days served, and pay a $500 fine and $650 in court fees, with restitution reserved. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and a complete diagnostic assessment, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was ordered to stay at least 5 feet away from the victim, but can still go to the hospital in an emergency. Endriss was placed on supervised probation for five years.

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A felony charge of fourth-degree assault on a medical worker was dropped in a plea agreement.

Detroit Lakes man gets 19 months for property damage and counterfeit bills

Jeffrey Scott Gunderson, 26, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony charges of first-degree damage to property and counterfeiting.

A felony third-degree burglary charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on April 16, he removed the rear door handle of a law enforcement vehicle while he was being transported between Prairie St. Johns in Fargo and Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Baxter. He used a black spring from the handle to cut into the back seat and remove the foam stuffing, and also pried off the door paneling. The damage was estimated at over $4,400, and he said something to the transport officers about doing it so it would cost Becker County money, and that he would do it on all future transports.

The damage was done in Becker County as he was being transported back to Fargo after the Baxter facility refused him admission because of his threatening behavior that morning and in the transport car, according to the criminal complaint.

The counterfeiting charge stems from a June 4 incident in which Gunderson tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for merchandise at the self-checkout at Central Market.

He was caught after the machine refused to accept the bill and an employee came over to help. A police officer arrived and found a second counterfeit $20 bill in his pocket. The bill had the same serial number as the first bill, and black marker had been used to cover over the words “Bill not real.”

On Jan. 11, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him on the property charge to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine, $200 in court fees and $4,187 in restitution.

On the counterfeiting charge, Gunderson was sentenced to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud, to be served concurrently with the first charge. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.

Rural Menahga man gets over 7 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct with child

Jacob Winston Eckman, 21, of rural Menahga, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court records, on Nov. 6, the Becker County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Wadena County Human Services that Eckman had had anal intercourse with a child under the age of 6 in a broken-down camper at Eckman’s residence.

In a forensic interview, the child said that Eckman had done it on four different occasions, according to the criminal complaint. In a Dec. 20 phone call from the child’s parents, Eckman admitted to having anal intercourse with the child on two occasions, and said he “always felt really bad about it,” according to the criminal complaint.

On Jan. 12, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced him 90 months in prison at St. Cloud. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees, and must register as a predatory offender.