Crime and Courts

Nov 22, 2013 6:47 PM by Beth Saboe - MTN News

Tertelgte found guilty by jury

A Manhattan man was found guilty on two charges related to fishing without a license today in a trial that saw him being removed early in the trial in handcuffs.

Ernie Tertelgte, 52, represented himself against misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. Tertelgte faced a jury trial for two charges related to fishing without a license.

Before the jury was even selected, the 52-year-old man was removed from the courtroom after he objected multiple times to the proceedings.

Tertelgte then watched the court proceedings from a nearby room via video and remained handcuffed.

The charges against him stem from an Aug. 31 incident which a state game warden attempted to cite Tertelgte for fishing without a license at the Three Forks Pond, which is a state-managed area.

In court, FWP warden Adam Pankratz said Tertelgte refused to give him his name when approached. He was fishing with his 11-year-old son that day and the warden told the court he and a Three Forks police officer repeatedly tried to stop the situation from escalating, but Tertelgte refused to comply.

Tertelgte did not get a chance to cross examine witnesses.

Tertelgte was fined $150.

The case is gaining national attention as a video of Tertelgte's initial appearance in Three Forks has been viewed more than 400,000 times.

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