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. A letter 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 letter with a 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