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Grand Forks man, accused of shooting TV with handgun, pleads not guilty

A Grand Forks man accused of shooting a TV with a .44 Magnum handgun pleaded not guilty in Grand Forks County Court on Wednesday.

Daryl Lee Nikle, 56, is facing one count of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Police were dispatched shortly after 4 a.m. on Oct. 2 to respond to a report of a fired gun at 2207 Seventh Ave. N. UND police arrived first and took Nikle into custody.

According to a court affidavit, Nikle stated the TV was too loud and he asked three other people in the living room to turn it down. Nikle said when the volume remained too high, he fired his gun.

Grand Forks police said the shot hit the TV and went through the wall. No one was injured.

Police recovered a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum and six rounds from the residence.

Nikle posted $2,000 bond. He consumed alcohol during his release, which was in violation of his bond, and he was re-incarcerated Oct. 24.

Nikle's bond was re-issued Wednesday under the same conditions. But the prosecuting state's attorney said if he has another violation, he would be jailed until the completion of the case.

A pre-trial conference in the case is set for Jan. 12.