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Michael Marlette, Minot, charged with terrorizing

Michael Kaj Marlette, 40, Minot, is accused of pointing a rifle at a woman during an argument on Wednesday and making comments about harming her or himself.

The alleged victim said during Marlette’s initial appearance in court on Thursday before Judge Doug Mattson that Marlette is a military veteran who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and she believes his actions were the result of a blackout. The woman told the judge that she is trying to get in touch with the Veteran’s Administration to arrange for Marlette to get help somewhere.

“When he is good, he is an amazing man who would never hurt anyone,” the alleged victim told the judge.

Marlette is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony terrorizing and Class A misdemeanor possession of a methamphetamine pipe.

While the woman said she is not afraid of Marlette, Mattson said he is concerned for the safety of the woman and of any police officers who might encounter Marlette. He set bond at $15,000, with a requirement that Marlette post 10% of that. Mattson said he is willing to reconsider bond if arrangements are made for Marlette to go directly to a treatment facility from the Ward County Jail.

Marlette was also previously charged with Class B misdemeanor domestic violence causing bodily injury. That case is pending.

A hearing in the cases is scheduled for April 1 before Judge Richard Hagar.

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