A man who threatened jurors during his closing argument was convicted Tuesday, Feb. 26, of terrorizing and violating a disorderly conduct restraining order.
The jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes before finding Greg Boe, 54, guilty of the two charges.
Boe, who acted as his own attorney, was accused of threatening a woman who had a restraining order out against him. He barely spoke during the trial until closing arguments.
After hours of testimony Tuesday where Boe asked only a very few questions of the prosecution witnesses, the state rested its case.
During his closing statement, Boe said officials were trying to hide things that he wanted to bring to light. Boe didn’t elaborate on what he believed was being hidden or who was hiding it.
“The only way I know to do it, now that I’ve got some witnesses,” he said before trailing off.
After a second, he started speaking again.
“I’m going to kill you all,” he said. “I’m going to kill everybody in Williams County! I’m going to kill them all.”
As he was speaking, three sheriff’s deputies providing courtroom security and a Williston police officer in court to hear closing arguments all moved toward Boe. Before Boe could say anything else, Northwest District Judge Paul Jacobson cut him off.
Jacobson told Boe that he was not going to allow him to give any further closing arguments.
Nathan Madden, assistant state’s attorney for Williams County, addressed the jury after Boe’s outburst.
“What is he left with ladies and gentlemen?” Madden asked the jurors. “‘I’ll kill you.’”
Before excusing the jury to deliberate, Jacobson instructed them to disregard the threats Boe made.
“Is there anyone on the jury who feels they cannot follow that instruction?” Jacobson asked. “If there is, please raise your hand.”
No jurors raised a hand.
Boe was arrested in April after police said he sent a threatening letter to a woman who had a disorderly conduct restraining order out against him.
Few questions from Boe
On Tuesday, the woman Boe was accused of threatening testified for nearly 20 minutes, telling the jury that she first met Boe in 2003 and that he took an interest in her, sending her flowers and calling her. Eventually, in 2006, she took out a restraining order against him. That year he was charged with stalking and violating a disorderly conduct restraining order.
In May 2017, Boe started to contact her again, she testified, and she took out her third restraining order against him.
In April 2018, when the letter and flowers Boe sent arrived, she said she was shocked and scared.
Boe opened that letter by calling her beautiful, but by the end of the letter, the tone had shifted. He wrote that God had a plan for them, and that if she didn’t follow that plan by marrying him, there would be what he called “bloody consequences.”
“He threatened to kill me by more or less blowing my face off,” the woman testified about the letter.
Throughout the trial, Boe sat alone at the defense table, occasionally swiveling from side to side in his chair. He asked no questions of the woman, nor of most of the other prosecution’s witnesses.
Detective Sam Aide of the Williston police testified he found a Glock .40-caliber pistol in the center console of a vehicle on Boe’s property and that he established Boe had bought the gun from a store in Williston.
He also spoke about letters Boe sent from jail that corrections staff confiscated and gave to police. In those letters, Boe wrote that God had told him to kill the woman and that he had bought a .40-caliber Glock handgun.
Boe did cross-examine Aide. He asked what else might have been in the letters from the jail, specifically about sexual encounters.
“You did find discussions of sexually immoral behavior?” Boe asked.
“Yes, I believe there was some,” Aide said, adding the letters were between 15 and 17 pages.
“Did any of that concern you as a law enforcement officer?” Boe asked.
“Well, of course,” Aide said.
Boe began to ask whether any investigation had been done, but Madden objected, saying the questions weren’t relevant to the charges Boe was facing.
Boe, however, said if the letter was in evidence he should be able to ask questions about it.
Jacobson sustained Madden’s objection and told Boe his questions had to pertain to the case at hand.
“Then letters shouldn’t be in evidence,” Boe said before saying he didn’t have any other questions.
In his closing argument, Madden said that there was more than enough evidence to convict Boe. He pointed out that Boe referenced the restraining order in his letter to the woman and that he said if she didn’t do as he wanted, there would be “bloody consequences.”
“It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that, does it?” Madden asked the jury. “I want what I want, and I’m going to kill whoever to get what I want.”
After the jury returned its verdict, Jacobson ordered Boe, who has been held on $1 million bond since December when he was accused of threatening Williams County State’s Attorney Marlyce Wilder in a letter, held without bond until sentencing. He said he was going to order a presentence investigation and a sentencing date would be set later.
Boe faces up to six years in jail on the two charges.