21-year-old man sentenced for Moorhead incident involving gun

Braden Poitra, 21, who pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, was given credit for having already served 164 days.

Braden Poitra
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DILWORTH — A Moorhead man has been sentenced in Clay County District Court to three years in prison in connection with an August 2022 incident in Moorhead involving an assault with a firearm.

Braden Poitra, 21, who pleaded guilty in October to a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, was given credit for having already served 164 days.

According to a court complaint, Poitra possessed a firearm during a confrontation between several individuals at a service station in Moorhead on Aug. 2.

A person described in the complaint as a victim told Moorhead police Poitra approached a car he was sitting in carrying a pistol and Poitra either slapped the vehicle with the pistol or fired the gun before the vehicle drove off.

Police collected a spent .40 caliber bullet casing from the scene.


The victim told police that prior to the incident at the service station Poitra had threatened to harm the victim for not paying for drugs Poitra had provided, according to the court complaint.

Other charges Poitra faced in Clay County District Court in connection with the Moorhead incident, including a charge of drive-by shooting toward an occupied vehicle and illegal possession of a firearm, were dismissed.

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