Man found guilty of threatening police, deputies while in prison

Man found guilty of threatening police, deputies while in prison Click to Enlarge

FERGUS FALLS (KBRF) - A Stillwater State Prison inmate has been found guilty of all counts filed in Otter Tail County District Court. A jury found 26-year-old Ramsey Louis Kettle guilty of four counts of terroristic threats and one count of tampering with a witness. The verdicts were returned shortly after 5 pm Wednesday. Kettle threatened the lives of two Fergus Falls police officers and an Otter Tail County Sheriff’s deputy, as well as workers at the Fergus Falls Police Department. He also threatened a witness from his 2015 trial.

A court complaint states Kettle wrote letters from October, 2015 to February, 2017 saying he would, once released from prison, strap 50 pounds of explosives to his body and detonate it inside the police station. He allegedly wrote letters stating he had kept documents from his earlier Otter Tail County trial and has identified a list of people who testified against him – people he would get even with.

A special verdict form also found that Kettle has been convicted of five or more prior felonies, that three of the terroristic threats against law enforcement were part of a “pattern of criminal conduct,” and that Kettle is a “danger to public safety.”

Kettle will be sentenced May 31st.

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