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Farmington man charged with making threats

A 42-year-old Farmington man faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he reportedly threatened to shoot his wife during a Jan. 24 argument.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office George Douglas Schmaus got in an argument with his wife the evening of Jan. 24 over what to cook for supper. Schmaus had reportedly been drinking while watching football that night, and the argument escalated to point Schmaus at one point grabbed his son by the throat and shoved him. He then left the house with another son, but he came back later and the argument flared. Schmaus' wife told police her husband at one point pointed his index finger with his thumb up -- mimicking a gun -- and "told her it would be sooner rather than later." The woman told police she later heard Schmaus racking a shotgun.

Schmaus at first denied any physical altercation, but asked specifically about racking the shotgun he said he had done that "after she did that to me."

There was an uncased shotgun in the closet when a Dakota County Sheriff's deputy was at the house. It was not loaded.

If Schmaus is convicted on a felony charge of making terroristic threats he could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. A gross misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child carries a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000. Two misdemeanor domestic assault charges each carry a maximum sentence of 90 days and fines of up to $1,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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