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Charges: Owatonna man who threatened to kill police at Capitol tried to get shotgun back, build new guns

An illegally possessed shotgun, and posts about killing law enforcement amid armed protests at the Minnesota Capitol in 2021, landed Dayton Sauke in federal prison for the first time.

Now, the 25-year-old Owatonna man is being sent back to prison after authorities recently caught him trying to traffic drugs purchased on the dark web and attempting to get his hands back on that shotgun while making efforts to build his own firearms. All the while, probation officials added, Sauke hasn't let up on espousing interests in violent extremist causes.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel on Tuesday sentenced Sauke to two years in federal prison and another year of supervised release after federal probation officers outlined a litany of recent violations to the terms of his original sentence.


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