Obstructing The Legal Process 29 Jan 13

A New Ulm man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 2 years of probation for a gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process charge. 56-year-old Mitchell Robert Hottman had been facing felony stalking charges for apparently telling his neighbors on South Jefferson Street that he had a sledgehammer, and was going to use it to destroy their porch. He was also reportedly yelling at police and being confrontational when officers arrived, and was found to be in possession of a knife. The stalking charge was dismissed during his sentencing on Monday, along with a disorderly conduct count, and Hottman was given credit for time already served in jail and will have no additional jail time. He has also been ordered to have no contact with the victims and must attend anger management and other therapy sessions.