LF man sentenced to 36 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon

On Monday,  Morrison County District Court Judge Conrad I. Freeberg sentenced Wayne Brian Christensen to 36 months in prison following his conviction for assault in the second degree (dangerous weapon). Christensen, 46, of Little Falls, pleaded guilty in October 2012.

On May 14, 2012, Little Falls Police were called by Christensen’s neighbors reporting that Christensen was in his yard at his residence in Little Falls. The caller said that Christensen appeared to be intoxicated and had armed himself with a firearm. Christensen was swearing loudly and threatening to kill children. During the incident, a neighbor drove into her driveway when Christensen pointed a gun directly at her. The victim reported that Christensen continued to point the handgun at her and so she crawled out of her car and was able to call 9-1-1.

Christensen initially ignored officers’ demand to drop the weapon, but surrendered. A chambered round was found jammed in the gun.The gun had a 20 round magazine with another 20 round magazine on a nearby picnic table.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich asked Judge Freeberg to sentence Christensen to a mandatory 36 months citing the “obvious” danger to public safety.The defense argued for a shorter sentence of 11 months with five years of probation.

County Attorney Brian Middendorf said, “This case clearly called for a fully executed prison sentence. There were no mitigating factors justifying a shorter sentence. Christensen’s conduct was both threatening and dangerous.”