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Probation for Perham man who made gun threats

A Perham man who threatened a New York Mills man with a BB gun was sentenced to two years of probation and 166 days in jail, all of which have been served.

Nathaniel James Boykin, 20, was sentenced for one count of making terroristic threats, a felony, after threatening to kill the NY Mills man several times - once over the phone and once in person, according to a criminal complaint.

Boykin claimed the NY Mills man owed him $200 for a pickup truck.

The complainant reported to law enforcement officials that Boykin had called in January and said that he and a group of friends were going to "shoot up the house with high powered rifles."

Later in January, law enforcement officials were informed that Boykin had visited the complainant's home in NY Mills and used a gun to threaten the man.

The NY Mills man said in a criminal complaint that Boykin was in a vehicle in the man's driveway when a gun was seen in Boykin's lap.

Boykin then pointed the gun at the man and yelled, "You want to die? You're going to die," before driving away, according to the criminal complaint.

Following the complaint, Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputies, along with Perham Police Department officers, began to patrol the area and spotted Boykin on Hwy 10.

When stopped, Boykin said he had called the NY Mills man that day and had gone to the house, where he alleged he had been hit in the face with a fist, according to court documents. Boykin denied carrying a gun.

Officers located a BB hand-gun in a snow bank near the scene of the alleged confrontation.

Boykin was initially charged with two counts of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one terrorist threat charge. The assault charges were dis-missed. He pleaded guilty in June to the terroristic threat charge.