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Roseau man sentenced for bar fight that led to shooting

BADGER, Minn. -- A Roseau, Minn., man will spend 180 days behind bars for his role in a bar fight that escalated to shooting earlier this year in Roseau County.

Brandon John Peterson, 29, was sentenced Thursday in Roseau County District Court, about a month after he pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony burglary charge and a fifth-degree misdemeanor count of assault. The case was spurred by a chain of events in January that started with an altercation at Skippy Finn’s Bar in Badger, according to court documents.

Jordan Milo Foss, 34, said he was assaulted Jan. 20 at his home about 6 miles northeast of Badger by Peterson after the latter assaulted Foss’ friend at the bar less than two hours earlier. Peterson broke into the home, attacked Foss and then fled, though court documents allege Foss followed and fired eight shots at Peterson’s pickup while Peterson and another man were in the vehicle.

Foss then drove after Peterson, eventually rear-ending him at high speed, court documents said.

No one was shot in the incident. Peterson’s blood alcohol content was 0.07 percent when he was booked into the Roseau County Detention Center, while Foss blew a BAC of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, according to charges.

Peterson had faced up to 20 years in prison for the burglary charge, but he signed a plea agreement for a lower sentence.

Foss was charged with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony charge of discharging a dangerous weapon and second-degree driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor. Each second-degree charge carries a maximum punishment of seven years in prison, and the dangerous weapon charge is punishable by up to two years in jail.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges related to the incident. He is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 10. Lake of the Woods County Attorney James Austad is prosecuting Foss’ case in place of Roseau County Karen Foss because Jordan Foss is her stepson.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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