Man sentenced for attacking neighbor

Published 9:36 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Austin man who verbally assaulted and shoved a neighbor pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats Monday in Mower County court.

Kelly Stewart Pirmantgen, 36, will be sentenced on Oct. 22 for the gross misdemeanor offense. A single count of felony assault was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

According to a criminal complaint, officers were called to the 1100 block of Fourth Street Southwest at around 5:41 p.m. on May 5. When they arrived, they spoke with a 35-year-old man who said that Pirmantgen had come into his yard, threatened him with a baseball bat, shoved him and then left. The man said Pirmantgen put the black and silver bat back in his garage after the incident.

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Two witnesses also gave similar accounts of the events, the complaint states.

Officers then spoke with Pirmantgen, who admitted to going into the other man’s yard and yelling at him about a “cord” he cut down between the two properties. However, Pirmantgen denied using a baseball bat.

When asked if officers could enter his garage and look for the bat, Pirmantgen refused. He was then cuffed and asked again about the bat. Pirmantgen did eventually consent to a search, and officers found a black and silver bat, the complaint states.