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Man pleads guilty to having weapon in Itasca County Courthouse

A Bovey man pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a dangerous weapon in the Itasca County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Patrick Dean Loucks, 55, was originally charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and possession of a dangerous weapon in a courthouse.

On Friday, Judge David Harrington dismissed all the charges except possession of a dangerous weapon based on the determination of insufficient evidence that Loucks committed the crimes.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 16, a deputy bailiff saw a knife sheath attached to the lapel of Loucks' jacket when Loucks was in court on an unrelated matter.

The bailiff asked Loucks to leave the courtroom. While in the hallway, the suspect allegedly reached for the knife's handle and came toward the deputy. The officer drew a gun and ordered Loucks to the floor. A search found Loucks was carrying two more knives and Mace.

Loucks received a stay of imposition of an 18-month prison sentence on condition he serve 95 days in jail and five years of probation. He must also pay a $135 fine, have no contact with the deputy involved or with the deputy's family or property. He must supply a DNA sample, undergo psychological evaluation or diagnostic assessment and follow the recommendations and comply with standard condition of probation.

Itasca County Attorney John Muhar prosecuted the case.