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Testimony ends in felon with gun trial

Charles Alton Lorenz threatened to kill his brother and he allegedly fired a handgun after the two men got into a fight in a field in 2013.

Anton area farmer Jonathan Lorenz told jurors that his sibling  made that threat after the two struggled and fell on the ground under a combine.

Testimony in the trial of Charlie Lorenz started and ended Tuesday afternoon in 286th District Court.

The county man is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony.

Jonathan Lorenz said he was combining milo on Nov. 27, 2013 when the defendant came on the farm. Charlie Lorenz had been released from jail five or six days before, said the witness.

I asked that he stay away, but kept being present, said the witness. I just tried to keep him away from me.

The producer said he tried to avoid a confrontation with his brother.

Update: Trial ends with probation after plea agreement reached.

The trial of a man charged with felon in possession of a firearm ended Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to another offense and was given a probated prison sentence.

Charles Alton Lorenz, 48, was sentenced to five years in prison probated for three years with no fine.

Lorenz pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, which was a third-degree felony in his case.

The plea agreement was reached Wednesday morning and jurors were excused without hearing further details.

In pleading guilty to assault before District Judge Pat Phelan, the defendant waived his right to appeal the case.

Testimony in the trial started and ended Tuesday afternoon.

Lorenz allegedly threatened to kill his brother, Jonathan Lorenz, on Nov. 27, 2013 in a field on the family farm. He fired a handgun in the air after the two men got into a fight in a milo field that night.

Jonathan Lorenz testified Tuesday that his brother made the threat after the two siblings struggled and fell on the ground under a combine.

Charles ‘Charlie’ Lorenz got a handgun from his brotherís truck and fired it one time in the air after his sibling ran off and hid in a field.

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