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Jury trial set for Brainerd man who faces 6 felonies

A jury trial has been scheduled for a Brainerd man who faces six felony counts in a criminal case that began with a dog killing chickens and ended in a short stand-off between the suspect and authorities.

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A jury trial has been scheduled for Larry Walter Prahm, a Brainerd man who faces six felony counts in a criminal case that began with a dog killing chickens and ended in a short stand-off between the suspect and authorities.

A jury trial has been scheduled for a Brainerd man who faces six felony counts in a criminal case that began with a dog killing chickens and ended in a short stand-off between the suspect and authorities.

The jury trial for Larry Walter Prahm, 63, has been scheduled for 9 a.m. July 18 in front of Judge Kristine DeMay in Crow Wing County District Court. On Feb. 16, Prahm plead not guilty to all six felony counts and to two gross misdemeanor counts, court records stated.

Prahm was charged Sept. 9, 2015, with:

• Two counts of felony first-degree assault with use of a deadly weapon against a peace officer and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

• Four counts of making terroristic threats, obstructing the legal process, fourth-degree assault of a peace officer demonstrating bodily harm or throwing bodily fluids or feces and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

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• Two gross misdemeanors counts of fourth-degree assault of physically assaulting a peace officer and obstructing the legal process.

Prahm was charged following an incident when the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office was called at 9:07 p.m., Sept. 7, 2015, by a citizen who reported there was a dog in his chicken pen, killing chickens. Upon deputy's arrival, the deputy was able to secure the dog and obtain the owner's information from the dog's collar. Deputies learned Prahm was the dog owner.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Prahm, he disagreed with the deputy as to how restitution for the chickens would be handled. The disagreement escalated into a physical altercation where Prahm punched the deputy in the jaw and scratched his throat, the complaint said. The deputy was unable to deploy his stun gun and Prahm got back in his vehicle and fled the scene.

Prahm parked his vehicle in the garage, closed the door and fled inside the house on Gilbert Trail near Blakeman Road in Brainerd. The sheriff's department arrived at the residence a short time later and made contact with the defendant. Deputies spoke briefly with Prahm through the door of his house informing him he was under arrest. After a short time, Prahm was seen inside the residence by deputies loading a firearm. At this time, deputies retreated and established a secure perimeter around the residence. The Crow Wing County Tactical Team was dispatched along with the Crow Wing County Negotiation Team.

The complaint said Prahm had a shotgun and he put two rounds in it. Prahm then came out of the main door of the residence and stood outside the door holding the shotgun. When officers ordered him to put his gun down, he took the gun back into the residence, the complaint said.

Prahm's son, who was with the officers, made phone contact with Prahm and helped persuade him to come out of the residence peacefully, the complaint said.

According to court records, Prahm posted conditional bail on Oct. 21, 2015. His bail was set at $500,000 with conditions or $1 million without conditions.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow me at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl on Twitter.

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