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Published September 18, 2013, 08:19 PM

Charges against Brossart’s wife, daughter dropped

A special prosecutor has dropped charges against the wife and daughter of Rodney Brossart, the Lakota, N.D., farmer charged with terrorizing law enforcement officials in 2011.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

A special prosecutor has dropped charges against the wife and daughter of Rodney Brossart, the Lakota, N.D., farmer charged with terrorizing law enforcement officials in 2011.

Brossart, 57, still is scheduled to go to trial in a Grand Forks court, as are his three sons, Jacob, Thomas and Alex, who are also charged with terrorizing.

His daughter, Abby Brossart, was charged with felony assault after deputies said she hit a deputy during her father’s arrest. His wife, Susan Brossart, later was charged with a misdemeanor after investigators said she lied about how many guns remained on the farm.

Their lawyer, Ross Brandborg of Fargo, said Wednesday that the prosecution has agreed to drop charges against them. Dismissal orders were filed this week.

The charges came from a 2011 incident in which a neighbor complained that Rodney Brossart had penned up six of his cattle that had wandered on Brossart’s land. The Brossarts refused to cooperate with Nelson County sheriff’s deputies, which led to a months-long standoff.

Bruce Quick, the Fargo attorney representing Rodney Brossart, said his trial still is slated to begin November 5.

The three sons are scheduled to be tried at a later date, said Brandborg, who also represents them.

The case was moved to Grand Forks after defense attorneys raised concerns about the Brossarts’ chances of a fair trial in their home county.

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