A man in Minnesota was recently sentenced to jail time for threatening teenagers with a gun at a McDonald's restaurant. The man was charged with making felony terroristic threats in connection with the incident, which took place in Nov. 2018. Fortunately, when people are accused of these types of felonies, they are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt can be proven in court.
The man, 55, ended up pleading guilty to a felony count back in March after he was accused of making an ethnic slur at a teenager in November. Authorities said that after the teenager confronted him, he waved a gun at her and her group of friends before leaving the restaurant. Police were able to recover a loaded handgun from him.
As part of this sentencing, the man has to spend 45 days behind bars as well as perform community service for 24 days. The judge additionally ordered him to pay a fine of $500 as well as dispose of his guns. He was also required to complete a cognitive skill assessment as well as an evaluation of his mental health.
When people are accused of felonies, they may understandably be fearful about how this will impact their futures -- for example, their reputations and their ability to secure jobs in the future. However, they have the right to fight these serious charges at trial. Alternatively, they can seek to negotiate plea deals with the prosecution, which may lead to lighter charges and thus more lenient sentences than what would result from a guilty verdict at trial. An attorney in either scenario in Minnesota will push for the most favorable outcome for the defendant given the circumstances.