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Brandon man sentenced to three years for felony assault

A 61-year-old Brandon man was sentenced to three years in prison for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Walter David Tischer received the sentence in Douglas County District Court on July 14.

He was given credit for the two days he spent in jail before posting bail. Judge Dave Battey also ordered Tischer to pay $585 in fines and fees.

The case stems from an incident that happened on October 16, 2014. According to the criminal complaint:

At a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office auction, Richard Bergquist purchased Kamp Kappy Resort, which Tischer had lost due to foreclosure.

Bergquist and his son found some personal property items in the cabins that belonged to Tischer and went to his house to return them. While they were there, they saw some survey stakes outside that they believed belonged to them.

When Tischer arrived, an argument ensued over who owned the stakes. Tischer, according to the complaint, pulled out a handgun, cocked it and pointed it at Bergquist. He also told them to get off his property.

No shots were fired.

When Tischer was later questioned by police, he denied pulling his gun out of his holster.

On April 22, after a two-day trial and three and a half hours of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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