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AUSTIN EDITION - Man sent to prison for threats with gun

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

She always had a bad vibe about William Grever, but others didn't believe her.

Then one night in February, the girl, who's now 17, heard the stairs creak as Grever followed her upstairs at her Sargeant home after watching television with her father.

Grever allegedly showed her a handgun and said that she had to come with him -- he planned to shoot her dad, according to the criminal complaint. Grever allegedly said he was taking the girl "to save her life."

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That led to Grever allegedly pointing a gun at the girl's father, leading to a scuffle between the three. Grever fled after the girl stabbed him in the head with a kitchen knife.

"Now we don't trust anybody," the girl wrote in a statement read by the prosecutor Friday in Mower District Court.

Grever, a 42-year-old Brownsdale man, got five years in prison Friday for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. He must serve at least 40 months of the 60-month sentence.

Judge Donald E. Rysavy gave Grever credit for time served in jail since his arrest in February after he was caught in Montana.

Sheriff's deputies operated a metal-detector for Friday's sentencing.

Grever, who declined comment at sentencing, pleaded guilty in May but only acknowledged a jury likely would find he had committed a crime. He didn't admit to the offense.

In late August, Rysavy denied Grever's request to withdraw his plea, saying Grever had failed to prove it'd be "fair and just."

On Friday, Grever's attorney Samuel McCloud asked the judge for a 39-month sentence, which would be lowered by not conceding a firearm was used in the incident. McCloud said a jury had to be called to determine if a gun should be considered when figuring Grever's sentence length.

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Grever had a past conviction for a firearm offense.

Assistant County Attorney Kristen Nelsen said a jury wasn't required because the gun was an element of the offense and had been addressed during Grever's plea hearing. Witnesses would testify Grever used a handgun, she said.

The judge agreed with Nelsen's stance.

The teenage victim wrote in her statement Friday that she can't forget the look of her father, who's now 48, while he was staring down the barrel of Grever's gun Feb. 11.

Grever had been a family friend whom her relatives had helped out, she stated. Now, he has caused her family a great deal of pain.

"It is unforgivable," the girl wrote.

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