Mortenson convicted of violating harassment order

On June 18, Morrison County District Court dismissed one felony charge of fifth degree assault (offense: July 17, 2013) against Aaron Ray Mortenson, 20, Swanville. On the same date, the court convicted him with violating a harassment order (offense: Sept. 16, 2013).

On July 17, 2013, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault at a bar in Sobieski. The victim said he went outside to have a cigarette and Mortenson was also outside, acting belligerent. The victim said he was pushed to the ground and punched in the face.

A witness gave a statement similar to the victim’s.

On Jan. 17, 2012, Morrison County District Court issued a harassment order preventing Mortenson from having contact with an individual. On Sept. 16, 2013, the individual said Mortenson arrived at a gas station where he happened to be and started to yell at him. When he got into his vehicle and drove away, Mortenson followed him. When he came to a stop, Mortenson jumped out of his vehicle and started yelling to get out of the vehicle.

When the victim took a picture of Mortenson doing this, Mortenson got into his vehicle and took off.

An examination of Mortenson’s criminal history showed he was convicted of violating an order for protection in Morrison County in December 2011 and convicted of assault in Todd County in January 2012.

Mortenson was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for 13 days already served. He was fined $135 and given five years of probation.

Mortenson was also given a stay of imposition. If he completes the full term of his probation, his conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor instead of a felony.