Court news: Ponsford man charged with 10 gun possession and stolen property felonies
A search of the residence revealed a wooden panel approximately 4-foot by 4-foot under the basement stairs. Inside were found 15 guns, and 12 of them had been documented as stolen, according to court records.
DETROIT LAKES — Eric Thomas Eischens, 35, of rural Ponsford has been charged in Becker County District Court with 10 felony counts of illegal possession of firearms and a felony count of receiving stolen property.
According to court records, on June 3, Becker County deputies were advised by a dispatcher that a man had been shot in the stomach. Numerous witnesses said the incident happened at the home of Eischens and his wife, who live on County Road 26 in rural Becker County.
A search of the residence revealed a wooden panel approximately 4-foot by 4-foot under the basement stairs. Inside were found 15 guns, and 12 of them had been documented as stolen. The firearms included Winchester, Remington and Ithaca shotguns and hunting rifles. The criminal complaint doesn't say anything else about the man reportedly shot in the stomach.
Eischens was convicted of third-degree assault in 2006 and of making terroristic threats in 2007, and is prohibited from possessing firearms for life.
Eischens wasn’t home at the time of the search, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On June 7, cash bail or bond for Eischens was set at $100,000, with standard conditions of release, or $250,000 bail or bond with no conditions. His next court appearance is July 25.