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Man accused of shooting BB gun at neighbors gets probation

Man accused of shooting BB gun at neighbors gets probation

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A Bismarck man who allegedly shot a BB gun at his neighbors in May will spend two years on supervised probation after pleading guilty Tuesday to terrorizing.

Jason Bechtold, 41, was scheduled for a Nov. 19 jury trial but entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors that included the dismissal of an attempted aggravated assault charge.

South Central District Judge Daniel Borgen suspended all but 24 days of a three-year prison term and gave Bechtold credit for 24 days already served. Bechtold also must pay $560 in fines and fees and "complete recommended treatment," according to court documents that did not specify what type of treatment.

The charges stemmed from an alleged incident on Sussex Street in south Bismarck. Bechtold’s neighbor called police after hearing something “whizzing” by his head and hitting the side of his house. He told police he saw Bechtold pointing a gun at him, and police later found a carbon dioxide-powered BB gun in Bechtold’s home.

Bechtold no longer lives in the same neighborhood as the family, Assistant Burleigh County State’s Attorney Anna Argenti said. Though they want no contact with Bechtold, the victims "want him to get better,” Argenti said.

Bechtold’s attorney, Thomas Glass, declined comment on the case.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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