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Barnum man convicted of killing family pets by throwing them outside on frigid night
By Jamie Lund on Dec 18, 2015 at 4:31 p.m.

A Barnum man was sentenced last month after being convicted of three felonies stemming from an incident in February in which he terrorized his family and killed several family pets.

Tyrone Edward Demenge, 47, faces six months in jail and five years of intensive supervised probation after pleading guilty in October to one count of felony terroristic threats and two counts of of torture or cruelty to a pet or companion animal resulting in death or great bodily harm. As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of endangering safety by intentional discharge of a firearm was dismissed, as was a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

Demenge was sentenced Nov. 25. He also was ordered to enter and successfully complete the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, undergo counseling, have no alcohol or drug use, and submit to random drug alcohol testing. He is not allowed to use or possess firearms.

According to the criminal complaint:

Carlton County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 104 at about 10 p.m. Feb. 21 for a possible domestic assault. When the deputies were driving to the residence they came across the wife of the individual they were going to see.

The wife told deputies she had been in the home with her husband, Tyrone Demenge, and their children that evening when he became very intoxicated. Demenge became argumentative with his wife and eventually retrieved a firearm out of a gun safe, scaring his wife.

After Demenge threatened to kill his wife and children, she took the children and hid in a basement bedroom.

When they heard a gunshot upstairs, they went to investigate and found Demenge had killed a pet snake, and the bullet had gone through the floor of the house into the basement.

In fear for their lives, the wife took the children and fled from the house, which is when the deputies found them.

Later it was discovered Demenge threw the family’s other pets — a lizard, a turtle and a tarantula — outside, where they froze to death in the 10-below-zero cold.

The February incident wasn’t Demenge’s first encounter with law enforcement as a result of threats made while under the influence. In 2011, Demenge was sentenced to one year in prison — with the time stayed — and two years’ probation on a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process by interfering with a police officer.

The charges arose from a 2010 incident in which the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a domestic disturbance after Demenge became intoxicated and confrontational with his wife. In that case, he retrieved a rifle and discharged a round from the rifle while walking through the yard. When law enforcement arrived, they located Demenge hiding in an outbuilding on the property. He refused to communicate or come out. Other law enforcement agencies were called in to help.

While authorities were trying to come up with a plan to take Demenge into custody, he fired two shots, which hit trees near some officers.

Soon after, Demenge left the shack without the weapon but resisted being taken into custody. His blood-alcohol level later was found to be four times the legal limit.

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