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Man sentenced to probation for New Years Day threats

A Rochester man accused of threatening guests with a pistol has been sentenced to probation and 45 hours of community work service.

Brandon Wayne Murray, 37, was charged after the Jan. 1, 2014, incident with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of terroristic threats, all felonies, as well as gross misdemeanor stalking with intent to injure and misdemeanor domestic assault,

He pleaded guilty Wednesday in Olmsted County District Court to the stalking charge; in exchange for the plea, the other charges were dismissed.

In addition to the probation, Judge Robert Birnbaum ordered Murray to complete services with the veterans program and complete domestic violence training.

The case began when police responded early that morning to a Rochester home for a report of a man — later identified as Murray — threatening people with a gun.


A woman who was visiting the house with her husband and two children told police that Murray and his girlfriend began to argue. Murray allegedly said, "I'm going to get my gun and shoot you."

He went into his room and came back with a black pistol, the report says, and yelled several times at his girlfriend, "I'm going to shoot you."

The visiting woman's husband tried to get the pistol away from Murray but wasn't able. According to the woman's report, Murray also threatened to shoot the man. The woman's two children were crying, she said, so she told Murray he was frightening them.

He threatened to shoot the children, too, the report says.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman's husband confirmed Murray had a gun but said he was holding it at his side. The man said he didn't hear Murray threaten anyone, nor did he see Murray point the gun at anyone.

Officers reportedly found the pistol in a backpack in Murray's bedroom; it was not loaded.

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