No Jail Time for Non-Native Man who Terrorized Water Protectors at Bismarck Hotel

Jesse Dean McLain

Published April 28, 2017

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Jesse Dean McLain, a Bismarck non-Native man, who was charged with two Class C felony charges of terrorizing for water protectors last December at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck, North Dakota, has signed a plea that will keep him from serving jail time.

McLain agreed to plead guilty to two Class A misdemeanor counts of menacing from an incident that occurred on December 5, 2016 in the parking lot of the hotel. The water protectors had been at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access pipeline.

He was arrested last December after he was seen wearing a mask in a Facebook video threatening to sexually assault the water protectors’ wives and threatening them with obscenities.

The deal was filed in Burleigh County District Court allowed a one-year jail sentence to be suspended, if McLain successfully completes a year of probation and attends an anger management program.


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