Albert Lea man pleads guilty to threats with gun

Published 9:12 am Wednesday, December 14, 2016

An Albert Lea man who allegedly pulled a loaded gun on a man in May pleaded guilty to felony terroristic threats Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Todd Allen Seeley, 61, faces sentencing March 2.

Court documents state Seeley was charged after Albert Lea police officers were dispatched to a residence May 5 on a report of a domestic situation involving a weapon.

Todd Seeley

Todd Seeley

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The alleged victim  — an adult family member  — reported Seeley was drunk and pulled a loaded shotgun on him. The family member reportedly said he had been able to get the gun away from Seeley, place it outside and remove a shotgun shell. A second shell was also reportedly in the weapon.

Officers reportedly removed a 12-gauge shotgun, two 12-gauge shotgun shells and a black BB pistol from the scene.

The family member claimed Seeley had cursed at him and another adult family member.

According to court documents, officers found Seeley inside the house and suspected he was intoxicated because of the strong smell of alcohol, as well as his balance and slurred speech.

His blood alcohol content was reportedly measured at .243.

Another family member who was at the residence claimed Seeley had threatened her, and described him as being “out of control.”

After being read his Miranda rights, Seeley reportedly said he had been awakened by officers, noting he had whiskey and beer.

Terroristic threats carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Freeborn County Attorney David Walker said he expects Seeley will receive a probationary sentence based on his criminal history score.

Seeley was originally also charged with second-degree assault and misdemeanor domestic assault, but those charges were dismissed with the plea agreement.

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