Felonies dropped in gun case

Published 4:50 pm Saturday, March 30, 2013

Two felony charges against a LeRoy man, whom victims say pointed a gun at his brother, were dropped Thursday in Mower County Court.

While the felony charges for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats were dismissed, a Mower County District Court judge convicted Jacob Earl Wilder, 30, for misdemeanor domestic assault.

Wilder was working in a garage in the 500 block of East Columbia Street when his brother arrived at the property on Nov. 23, 2012. According to the report, the two were in the midst of family problems.

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Those at the residence said Wilder grabbed a 7.62 X 54 caliber rifle from his truck, loaded it with bullets and armed himself with two knives — one in his pocket and one in his boot.

According to the court complaint, a woman stood in front of Wilder’s brother because she said Wilder would not shoot her. When the deputy arrived on the scene, he heard a man telling Wilder to “drop the gun.” Wilder reportedly dropped the gun after the deputy ordered him to do so.

Wilder told authorities he would not shoot his brother, and he was only trying to “scare him away,” the complaint adds.