Roseau deputy resigns, pleads guilty to 'shooting up' cabin, trying to burn gun
ROSEAU, Minn.--A Roseau County deputy sheriff who pleading guilty to "shooting up" a hunting cabin and burning the gun has resigned from the department.
ROSEAU, Minn.-A Roseau County deputy sheriff who pleading guilty to "shooting up" a hunting cabin and burning the gun has resigned from the department.
Joshua McGurran Olson, 34, was charged in April in Roseau County District Court with first-degree damage to property, a felony, and falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.
Olson was supposed to make his first appearance in court on the charges May 12, but that was cancelled. Instead, he pleaded guilty to both charges June 9.
He was sentenced the same day to five years of supervised probation on the felony, and if he successfully completes his probation, the case will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
On the falsely reporting a crime charge, Olson received a 90-day jail sentence, but that has been suspended for a year and he will not spend any time in jail as long as he does not commit a similar offense.
He was also ordered to pay $135 in fees, an undetermined amount of restitution and he must write an apology letter to the victims, among other conditions.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension began investigating Olson on March 2 after a man reported his hunting cabin in rural Roseau County had been damaged when someone fired numerous .223 caliber rounds into it.
The cabin owner believed Olson did it because they previously had a disagreement about "Olson's hunting party trespassing on his property" last fall, according to a complaint.
Olson "admitted shooting up" the man's cabin and destroying the firearm by placing it in an an outdoor woodstove. He turned over charred fragments and the barrel of the gun to law enforcement.
The gun Olson tried to destroy-a .223 military assault rifle-was the one issued to him by the department, Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust confirmed.
Olson also made a false claim to Roseau law enforcement that one of his personal firearms, a Winchester Rifle with a Swarovski Scope, had been stolen from his home, but he later recanted the claim and said he found the rifle.
Olson was placed on administrative leave, but he has since resigned, according to Gust.