Pierce Harris, Minot, pleads not guilty to terrorizing

Pierce Alan Harris, 30, Minot, pleaded not guilty to two counts of Class C felony terrorizing.

According to testimony at the probable cause hearing, Harris allegedly pointed a pellet gun at a man in the Burger King parking lot on Oct. 30 during a dispute. A woman and her family were eating inside the restaurant and reportedly witnessed the parking lot incident. The woman claimed that Harris then pointed the pellet gun in her direction and she saw it from inside the restaurant.

The officer who testified said that the pellet gun resembled a real handgun and the alleged victims would have believed it was a real gun. The officer also testified that he had not reviewed any surveillance footage from the restaurant.

Harris had previously denied the allegations and told a judge at his initial appearance earlier this fall that he had “been dealing with these people for awhile.”

Lee found probable cause to let the charges against Harris continue and Harris then entered not guilty pleas.

Harris could be required to serve a minimum of two years because a weapon was allegedly involved.

The pretrial conference in the case is scheduled for Feb. 13.