Man Who Threatened Dakota Access Protesters Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail Time

Jesse D. McLain

A Bismarck man shown in a viral video wearing a mask and threatening Dakota Access Pipeline protesters has pleaded guilty and will avoid jail time.

Jesse Dean McLain signed a plea agreement downgrading two Class C felony charges of terrorizing to two Class A misdemeanor counts of menacing. The charges stem from an early December confrontation with Dakota Access protesters at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck, where Dean Dedman Jr. recorded a live Facebook video of masked men threatening him and other hotel guests.

The video shows vehicles preventing Dedman and his driver from leaving, with the masked men saying they would sexually assault the victims’ wives and “f— you up.”

McLain was arrested shortly after the incident. He faced five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each charge, but his plea deal filed in Burleigh County District Court said a one-year jail sentence would be suspended, meaning he doesn’t have to serve time if he completes a year of probation and goes through anger management.