Doyle Lee Leitheiser, 46, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree assault.

Felony charges of threats of violence and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on April 24, 2020, a Becker County deputy was informed that Leitheiser was repeatedly calling 911 dispatch demanding a welfare check on his daughters. He was reportedly calling “nonstop” and being belligerent.

The deputy went out to talk to him in person. When he got there, Leitheiser came charging out the front door and angrily said “do a welfare check like I asked you an hour and half ago.” When the deputy told him the welfare check had been completed, Leitheiser swore in disbelief and went back into the house.

The deputy stayed awhile, talking to a family member about the events of that day, and he could see Leitheiser approach through a basement door. Suddenly, the door was thrown open and Leitheiser pointed a pistol at the deputy's head, pushing the barrel into his face. The deputy said he thought he would be shot and feared for his life.

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He pushed the gun away, felt the plastic crack, and realized it was a BB or pellet gun. He was still concerned it could hurt somebody, and struggled with Leitheiser for the gun. They fell to the ground, with Leitheiser on top, pointing the gun at the deputy’s eye. The deputy managed to taser him, and Leitheiser fled on foot, but was caught a short time later.

One of the charges that was dropped in the plea agreement, felony threats of violence, involved a Sept. 3, 2020, incident in which a deputy was called to a rural Becker County residence on the report that Leitheiser was hitting people and things with a baseball bat.

When the officer arrived, two males had Leitheiser pinned to the ground. Two people there had injuries, at least one caused by a baseball bat to the back of the leg. The man said Leitheiser had swung the bat at him and missed, before hitting him in the leg.

On July 13, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Leitheiser to 39 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees from his prison earnings.

Ponsford man gets 33 months for violating no-contact order

Adrian Matthew Warren, 23, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a-peace officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor DWI, and felony violating a domestic abuse no-contact order.

A number of charges were dropped in a plea agreement: Felony charges of domestic assault and violating a no-contact order, gross misdemeanor charges of obstructing the legal process and DWI, and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing a peace officer on foot.

According to court records, the fleeing charge occurred on Dec. 31, 2020, when a tribal police officer clocked him driving 72 mph in a 30 mph zone in rural Becker County. When the officer tried to pull him over, Warren ran a stop sign and sped away before turning into a driveway. There was a bottle of E&J brandy in the vehicle and he was uncooperative and belligerent during the arrest and medical clearance process.

The no-contact order charge occurred Jan. 12, when a tribal officer saw Warren with a woman who had an order for protection against him. The officer and Warren fought, and both were injured in the arrest process. Warren was treated in the hospital and taken to jail.

On July 14, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Warren on the no-contact charge to 33 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees from his prison earnings.

On the fleeing charge, he was sentenced to 22 months in prison, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1165 in court fees. He was fined $50 on the DWI charge. The prison terms are to be served concurrently.

Frazee woman sentenced for burglary

Christine Rosalyn Tinjum, 33, of rural Frazee, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary, misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor violating a no-contact order.

According to court records, on July 16, 2020, Detroit Lakes police were called to the Riverview mobile home park on the report of a woman going through people’s property. The officer talked to a lot owner who said he had returned home an hour earlier and found Tinjum inside his residence. She had a towel on her head and he believed she had just taken a shower. She also drank orange juice and Squirt soda, and took a few dollars off a counter before leaving. She was arrested and taken to jail

On July 8, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years. Tinjum was ordered to serve 74 days in jail, with credit for 74 days served.

She was fined $300 plus $450 in court fees, and must get a chemical dependency evaluation and a complete diagnostic assessment, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

On the misdemeanor domestic assault charge, she was fined $50 plus $200 in court fees. On the misdemeanor violating a no-contact order, she was fined $300 plus $450 in court fees. She was ordered to get domestic abuse counseling/treatment and have no contact with the victim. She must get a mental health evaluation and follow the recommendations.

Charges of felony second-degree burglary, felony theft, and misdemeanor domestic abuse were dropped in a plea agreement.