Defendant sentenced after Alford plea for bar incident

A Mandan man has been sentenced to time served after entering a change of plea to guilty in North Central District Court on Wednesday for a Class C felony charge of terrorizing.

Jacob Allen Thomas, 30, Mandan, was charged for a May 6, 2023, incident when he threatened a bar employee with a knife after being forced to leave the establishment. According to court documents, the victim told investigators Thomas was being a nuisance and was asked to leave. He was escorted out of the bar after refusing to leave and pulled out a knife before threatening the victim. Police responded to the scene after receiving a call from Thomas saying he was chased out of the bar.

A jury trial was scheduled for April, but Thomas entered an Alford Plea to the charge, in which a defendant pleads guilty while still maintaining their innocence. Judge Todd Cresap sentenced Thomas to first serve 72 days of a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with credit for 72 days already served. Cresap ordered Thomas to complete two years of supervised probation, have no contact with the victim and maintain a 150-foot distance provision from a Minot bar and liquor store. Thomas was also assessed $1,100 in court fines and fees.


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