FARGO — A Fargo man has been ordered to spend 60 days in jail after coughing at two women and telling them he was infected with the coronavirus.
Trevor Allen Pettersen, 35, pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 28, in Cass County District Court to Class C felonies of terrorizing and trespassing, as well as a misdemeanor of possessing drug paraphernalia that was used for a substance other than marijuana. He was sentenced to two years in prison, though he only has to serve 60 days if he completes his 18-month probation.
He also has 31 days of credit for time served.
The sentence stems from an April 28 report of a disturbance at 4430 Ninth Ave. Cir S. According to court documents:
Pettersen came to a friend’s apartment, but the friend slammed her door on him. He climbed up her balcony and opened the door to gain entrance. The woman pushed him out of her home, but he returned an hour later.
Pettersen confronted the woman about a bike he traded to her and wanted back and continued to follow her and another woman.
Both women told him to stop following them, but he refused and pulled a knife out, a police report said. It doesn’t appear Pettersen made any direct threats toward the women with the knife.
Pettersen coughed toward the women while he followed them, telling the two he had COVID-19, the report said.
In court, Pettersen said he was high when he was following the women and apologized.