BARRON COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man for convictions stemming from a Barron County incident in March 2021 during which he threatened people with a firearm and officers had to deploy gas to get him out of the residence.

DrydenWire previously published a post in March 2021 regarding an incident on Friday, March 19, 2021, when the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a woman who stated that her intoxicated husband was causing problems. While law enforcement was en route, the woman called again and stated that her husband had threatened her with a firearm and also threatened to shoot law enforcement. The woman said that she was fleeing the residence.

The man, later identified as Brett Evenson, initially refused to exit the residence and called 911 stating that he had knives in the house. The man threw his guns outside the residence and refused to come out. Ultimately law enforcement deployed gas into the house which caused the man to exit. Evenson was taken into custody on charges of Endangering the Safety of Others While Intoxicated, Negligent Handling of a Weapon, Failure to Comply with Officers, and Domestic Disorderly Conduct. At a hearing on March 23, 2021, the Court placed Evenson on a $10,000 signature bond.

Online circuit court records show that a jury trial was scheduled for Evenson’s case on October 14, 2021, however, at a plea hearing on October 6, 2021, the Court accepted a plea of Guilty from Evenson on his charges of Class I Felony Fail to Comply with Officer Taking Person Into Custody; Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse - Threat, Intentionally Point Firearm At Person; and Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse - Threat, Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon. Charges of Class G Felony Domestic Abuse - Threat, 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon; and Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse Operate Firearm While Intoxicated were dismissed but read in.

Evenson appeared most recently for a sentencing hearing on December 9, 2021, and the Court ordered a withheld sentence for his conviction of Class I Felony Fail to Comply with Officer Taking Person Into Custody with 3 years Probation, and 9 months conditional jail time.

Evenson received an imposed and stayed sentence on his conviction of Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse - Threat, Intentionally Point Firearm At Person with 2 years Probation. Should probation be revoked, Evenson will face a sentence of 9 months confinement in jail.

The Court ordered a withheld sentence for Evenson’s conviction of Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse - Threat, Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon with 2 years Probation.

Conditions of probation will require Evenson to maintain absolute sobriety, and complete any and all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up recommended by his Probation Agent. Evenson will be prohibited from going onto any premises where alcohol is sold. The Court also ordered that Evenson’s confiscated firearms are to be destroyed.


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