THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A northwestern Minnesota man has been convicted of three felonies for terrorizing and attempting to coerce $500,000 from his neighbors in the Thief River Falls area.
A Pennington County jury found Gerald Sunsdahl guilty of the crimes on Wednesday. The Forum of Fargo reports (http://bit.ly/I6JpGz ) that Sunsdahl faces up to five years in prison per count when sentenced Dec. 16.
The 52-year-old was charged with pressuring brothers Dean Hanson and Dale Hanson to pay him money. Letters Sunsdahl left in their mailbox in June threatened to kill their family if they didn't deliver the cash in three roadside installments. He followed the threat-filled with a phone call where he disguised his voice.
A judge denied a request from Sunsdahl's attorney to grant him release from jail pending sentencing.
Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com