Man in BB gun shooting outside gay bar sentenced

Friday, November 21, 2014

The man who shot and wounded another man sitting outside a gay bar last fall was sentenced to five years on probation and six months in the Hennepin County workhouse, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

In the sentence handed down Thursday afternoon, Wayne Steven Odegard, 44, was ordered to undergo a chemical dependency evaluation, a psychological evaluation and attend anger management class. If he violates any of the conditions of his probation, he could be sent to prison for a year and a day.

Odegard pleaded guilty Oct. 27 to the single charge of terroristic threats he was charged with in September. In addition, the Hennepin County prosecutor did file a motion that Odegard should have his probation period raised from three years to five because of the aggravating factor that his crime was based on the sexual orientation of the victim.

According to the criminal complaint, shortly after 11 p.m. on Sept. 25, Odegard was walking downtown when he saw two men on the sidewalk patio outside of the Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave. Odegard made a homophobic slur toward them, pulled out a BB gun and fired several shots. One of them struck one of the men in the leg, causing a minor injury. Odegard told police he saw two other men kissing and that made him angry.