The incident occurred in May 2020, and also resulted in seven other charges against Pendleton. Along with the two guilty verdicts on the murder charges, he was found guilty on five other counts, including:
Attempted murder of Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kelly McLean.Attempted murder of Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Ron Nord.A charge of terrorizing.A charge of reckless endangerment.And a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
He was found not guilty of attempted murder of Grand Forks Police Cpl. Pat Torok and a charge of criminal mischief.
The officers involved, Holte’s family and defense attorney Steven Mottinger declined to comment following the reading of the verdict. The Grand Forks County State Attorney’s Office also declined to comment, but said it intends to release a statement.
Grand Forks County Sheriff Andy Schneider said that time will tell whether Wednesday’s verdict will offer a better chance at healing for those involved.
“It’s almost over,” Schneider said.
Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson also acknowledged Wednesday’s verdict in statement Wednesday.
“We acknowledge, with gratitude,