Bond lowered in social media threat case

Bond was lowered on Friday from $200,000 cash or corporate surety to either $75,000 corporate surety or $20,000 cash for David Alan Wierenga, 36, Minot.

Wierenga is accused of trying to post a threat to Trinity Health to a Facebook group in May that prompted a multi-hour lockdown at Trinity facilities on May 31. He has also been charged with making other threats to Trinity or its employees and with possession of firearms and explosives after he had been deemed mentally ill by a court order and forbidden to possess them.

Wierenga’s defense attorney, Kyle Craig, had argued that the bond set for Wierenga was set too high compared with the bonds set for defendants in similar cases.

Craig also said a requirement that Wierenga participate in the 24/7 Sobriety Program and wear an ankle monitor if he is released should be removed. Hagar said he would dispense with the requirement for the 24/7 Sobriety Program but will require that Wierenga wear the GPS ankle monitor if he is released on bond. Hagar also left in place a requirement that Wierenga surrender all weapons in his possession to law enforcement and that he have no contact with any Trinity facility or alleged victims. Wierenga can only go to the emergency room if his life is endangered. Hagar said he made his decision based on the circumstances.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for July 15 before Judge Doug Mattson.


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