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Andrew Vanderstoep, Minot, sentenced for terrorizing woman

Adam Andrew Vanderstoep, 36, Minot, was sentenced on Wednesday to a year and a day in prison, all suspended but the 14 days he already served in the Ward County Jail, and two years of supervised probation for trespassing at a woman’s residence, threatening to burn down her trailer and slashing the tire on her car on July 27, 2020.

Judge Stacy Louser also ordered Vanderstoep to complete a course for domestic violence offenders, to have no contact with the victim, and to pay $1,100 in court costs and restitution yet to be determined.

Vanderstoep pleaded guilty to one count of Class C felony terrorizing. A Class C felony criminal trespass charge was dismissed under the terms of a plea deal.

According to a police affidavit, the victim told police that Vanderstoep was inside her residence when she returned home. He was not allowed to be at her residence. Officers later found a window broken out on the trailer. The victim and Vanderstoep started to argue when Vanderstoep refused the woman’s request that he put out his cigarette. Vanderstoep got agitated and put a beer box on the stove and lit it on fire. The woman put the beer box in the sink to put out the fire. Vanderstoep then grabbed a knife from the knife block and brandished it in front of her. He then went outside and slashed the woman’s tire and they continued to argue. After the woman left, Vanderstoep sent her text messages threatening to burn down her trailer and a picture of himself with a needle full of what she assumed to be methamphetamine. She told police that Vanderstoep has a past history of meth use.

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