Tschida to spend 21 months in prison for violating OFPs

Benjamin Anthony Tschida, 28, Little Falls, was convicted March 18 of one felony count of domestic abuse, violating two or more orders for protection (OFP), which took place Dec. 2, 2012, and one felony count of domestic abuse, violating an order for protection, which took place Dec. 31, 2012.

On Nov. 26, 2012, a two-year order for protection was issued against Tschida. It stated he was to have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the victim or her child.

On Dec. 2, 2012, the victim contacted the Little Falls police and reported Tschida had contacted her by phone and text messages for more than four hours. He also had personal contact with the victim in a Little Falls store that day.

On Dec. 31, 2012, a concerned citizen contacted the Little Falls police to report Tschida was at the victim’s residence. When police responded to the victim’s residence, they were told Tschida had left.

He was found at a local business and arrested.

Tschida was sentenced for the first offense to the St. Cloud correctional facility for 21 months and fined $135. For the second offense, he was sentenced to 21 months in the St. Cloud correctional facility, to be served concurrently with the first case and fined $135.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said Tschida had one felony count of domestic abuse, violating two or more orders for protection within 10 years, dismissed because he was sent to prison for 21 months on two other felony violations.

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