Man accused of threatening wedding guests pleads guilty

Published 4:25 pm Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Austin man who threatened to shoot at wedding guests at the Hormel Historic Home in early October pleaded guilty Friday to two felonies.

Hassan Beih Mabu-Fardina, 29, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and fourth-degree assault of a correctional officer in Mower County District Court. He entered a Norgaard plea, which can be entered when the defendant wants to plead guilty but is unable to recall facts due to intoxication or amnesia.

Police Chief Brian Krueger previously said guests of the October wedding told police Mabu-Fardina had approached them around 9 p.m. saying he wanted to fight.

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“You want me to shoot you? Bang bang,” he said to the guests.

According to Krueger, the guests couldn’t tell if the man had a gun, because his hands were in his pockets. Guests also said he was slurring his words and appeared intoxicated, Krueger said.

Police did not find a gun on Mabu-Fardina when they arrested him.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 5, 2012.