Man sentenced for terrorizing, discharging firearm in city

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Journal Staff Report

States Attorney Lonnie Olson reports that Joshua Sinawa, 20, who had recently moved to Devils Lake from Dunwoody, Georgia, was sentenced on the charge of Terrorizing, a C felony, and Discharging a Firearm in a City, a B misdemeanor.  

On March 16, 2016, Sinawa was in an argument at Lotta’s Bar. During the argument, he threatened to shoot a man in the face. Sinawa left the bar, and discharged a firearm three times in an alley behind the hotel where he had been staying, located several blocks away from the bar.

Three empty rounds of .223 ammo was found in the alley, and a .223 pistol type firearm was found in the defendant’s possession.

After he was arrested, a request for extradition was received from the state of Georgia, requesting that Sinawa be returned to Georgia to face the felony charges of Aggravated Assault and Destruction of Property.      

Sinawa entered a guilty plea in Ramsey County District Court, and was sentenced to three hears in the DOCR, with credit for time served. The remaining time was suspended for two years with supervised probation. He then immediately waived his right to fight extradition, he will be returned to Dunwoody, Georgia to face the two felony charges.