Man sentenced for stabbing brother in Anoka County home

A 48-year-old Shoreview man was sentenced Dec. 10 in Anoka County District Court on a felony terroristic threat conviction.

According to the criminal complaint, Douglas Martin Poeschl stabbed his brother during a Sept. 4 confrontation in the garage at his brother’s home in Circle Pines. His brother initially refused to tell Unity Hospital staff and police what happened, but authorities were later able to get the story from him.

Poeschl was sentenced to 33 days in jail, but given credit for three days already served after he was arrested. In addition, he was fined $285 and will be on probation for five years. His must undergo counseling and anger management courses and not be convicted of any other assault or disorderly behavior incidents, for example.

Poeschl’s brother said that Poeschl stabbed at him several times with a knife, but only punctured the skin once and he did not want to get his brother in trouble, according to the complaint.

Unity Hospital informed police that this man suffered tissue and ligament damage and required surgery to reattach a ligament in his left arm.

Poeschl pleaded guilty to the felony terroristic threat charge Oct. 30 in exchange for another felony charge of second-degree assault being dismissed.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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