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Man who threatened host is sentenced, released

A Nebraska man who was arrested the day after he arrived in Austin pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Mower County District Court.

Thok Met Gut, 43, was ordered to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous weapons-switchblade, a misdemeanor.

In exchange for the plea, felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats were dismissed, as was one count of fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Gut was given credit for time served and was released Monday.

Police responded about 9:30 p.m. May 14 to 1000 14th St. N.W., No. 110, after a caller there said someone was threatening him.


The alleged victim said Gut had arrived in town the day before to find work and had been staying with him. The man said he'd intended to allow Gut to stay until he found a job and a place of his own, but Gut "got drunk and violent."

According to the criminal complaint, Gut threatened the man, then got a knife from his bag, pointed it at the victim and said, "I will kill you."

Officers reportedly found a switchblade knife in Gut's bag and showed it to the man, who confirmed it was the knife. Gut was arrested, the complaint said, and a preliminary blood test at Mower County Jail resulted in a 0.28 reading. The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is 0.08.

Gut denied both threatening the man and taking the knife out of his bag, the complaint says.

His criminal history reflects a previous conviction for aggravated assault in October 2004 in Tennessee.

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