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Stewartville man sentenced in abduction case

Terry Cowden

Gets jail time and years of probation.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:25 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man accused of abducting a woman gets a month in jail.

44-year-old Terry Jay Cowden of Stewartville was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, followed by five years of supervised probation. Cowden must also pay a $1,000 fine or perform 100 hours of community work service.

He was arrested in July after the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office say Cowden attacked a woman at a Stewartville bar, forced her to get in his car, and took her to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Authorities say Cowden had a rifle during the incident and held a knife to the woman’s throat.

Cowden pleaded guilty to one count of threats of violence. Charges of 2nd degree assault, false imprisonment, and two count of domestic assault were dismissed.

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