Thirty-year-old Granite Falls man, Cass Ellingboe, may face as much as 20 years in prison and $41,000 in fines for charges involving the possession of a firearm with a past conviction of a crime of violence, terroristic threats and 4th degree property damage.
According to a complaint report, the Granite Falls Police was dispatched to a Granite Falls home at approximately 7:18 a.m. on March 12 after it was reported that there was a man outside the residence breaking windows and holding a gun.
Testimony in the report stated that the home was occupied by a brother and his sister. It was said that Ellingboe had been dating the sister, but that two had an argument early in the morning and broke up.
Allegedly, Ellingboe left the scene and was locked out of the residence. He later returned and, finding the door locked, proceeded to break the front window.
Testimony goes onto say that Ellingboe was then admitted into the residence by his former girlfriend at which point he stated he wanted his cell phone and also subsequently proceeded to choke her. In addition, he allegedly said that he wanted the keys to his car and that if he did not receive them he would kill her.
According to the complaint, the brother woke up as the two parties argued.
Allegedly, the brother gave Ellingboe keys to the automobile but when his former girlfriend told him that she he did not have the cell phone, it was stated that he said, “Then you and your brother are going to die.” Ellingboe then left and said he was going to get a gun from his car.
Considering the threats as legitimate, authorities were then called to the house. The complaint said that officers found Ellingboe hiding under a blanket in the driver’s seat. A search of the vehicle turned up multiple knives and .17 caliber rifle. The rifle was cased and unloaded. A .17 caliber unspent round was found on the floor in the front seat.
The first count of possession of a pistol or firearm, which comes with a maximum sentence of 15 years and/or a $15,000 fine, stems from a crime of violence conviction for third degree burglary charge that derived from an incident in July of 2010. As a result of the conviction, it was unlawful for Ellingboe to possess a firearm. The second count of terroristic threats carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while the 4th degree property damage charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days of jail time and/or a $1,000 fine.
A Omnibus hearing has been scheduled for April 17 and a pre-trial hearing for May 28.
Editor’s note: Five additional charges for a domestic abuse violation order for protection have been filed against Ellingboe as of Friday. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine.
Page 2 of 2 - According to a complaint report, Ellingboe phoned the alleged victim on March 14, 16, 19, 21 and 26 despite a no contact order that prohibited Ellingboe from contacting said individual within ten years of the of the first of two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related convictions.
According to the report, Ellingboe had three existing convictions of fifth degree assault that occurred in September 30, 2003; April 20, 2005 and March 13, 2006.
The conversations that resulted in the additional charges included discussions between the Ellingboe and the alleged victim about dropping the charges, the payment of bonds and plans for the pair after Ellingboe’s release––which included being married somewhere where nobody knows them.