Dodge Center man gets 21 months for threatening arson

Published 9:55 am Friday, April 24, 2015

A Dodge Center man was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison for threatened to burn down a house with people inside.

Kenneth Donald Thompson, 50, was convicted on two counts of felony terroristic threats under a plea agreement. Two charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony domestic assault were dismissed as a result.

According to a court complaint, Thompson threatened two victims with a small pocket knife at a Sergeant home he previously lived at on Jan. 21. One of the victims later told police Thompson had been in a bad mood all and had punched a hole through a basement door.

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The other victim threw Thompson’s clothes out of the house after he became verbally abusive toward the victims, which is when he threatened the victims with the knife, according to the report. He also allegedly told the victims if he went to jail, he would call people to set fire to the house when the victims were inside.

Thompson was previously convicted for fourth-degree assault in March 2007, fourth-degree assault in June 2007 and terroristic threats in April 2013.