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Man sentenced in knife fight at Grand Forks restaurant

GRAND FORKS -- A 20-year-old man charged with severely cutting two men with a knife at a Grand Forks restaurant was sentenced Tuesday in state District Court to 11 months on electronic home monitoring and two years of supervised probation.

Spencer Posey, who had previously entered not guilty pleas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to terrorizing, underage drinking and two counts of aggravated assault.

Posey was ordered to pay $1,473.42 to cover the victims' medical bills.

An officer's report from April 4 says police responded to a call concerning a fight involving a knife at the Red Pepper, 1011 University Ave. Witnesses told police that Posey approached a group at a table, and when he was pushed, he got up holding a knife.

The report says he threatened the man who pushed him, told him he was in the Army and would kill him, then held the knife to the man's throat before being pulled away. Two men suffered serious cuts to their hands as they tried to take the knife from Posey, the report states. One of those men was taken to Altru Hospital.

Officers arrested Posey, a North Dakota National Guardsman whose family is from Maryland, that night near the Red Pepper and recovered a Gerber folding knife with a 3½-inch blade.

While in a squad car with its video system running, Posey made a phone call to someone during which he acknowledged making threats and pulling the knife, the report says. Posey, then 19, also reportedly told an officer he had a few drinks that night.