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Rochester standoff sends Austin man to prison

Jessie Devriendt

Held police at by for nearly four hours.

Posted: Dec 4, 2017 4:10 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – An Austin man is going to prison after engaging in a near four-hour standoff with Rochester police.

38-year-old Jessie Lynn Devriendt was arrested a little before midnight on June 26. Officers were called to a domestic incident at Sutton Place Apartments. As they tried to enter one of the units, police say Devriendt claimed he had a gun and threatened to shoot them.

Officers say Devriendt also broke windows, barricaded the door, threw items out of the window, and threatened to set fire to the building.

An emergency response crisis negotiation team was called in and Devriendt eventually surrendered.

He pleaded guilty to domestic assault by strangulation and was sentenced Monday to 39 months in prison, with credit for 162 days already served, and must pay a total of $3,965.02 in restitution.

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