Michael Andrew Voytilla, 28, Thief River Falls, was sentenced for a felony charge of an ineligible person possessing a firearm or ammunition and a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession.
For the felony charge, Voytilla was sentenced to 48 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail or electronic home monitoring. That sentence is on hold. If Voytilla successfully completes treatment and aftercare, he doesn’t need to complete the jail time. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. Voytilla was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment.
Voytilla was ordered to continue to cooperate with his services through the VA and sign releases to the VA. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. Voytilla was ordered to provide a DNA sample. He was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.
For the drug charge, Voytilla was granted a stay of adjudication, and the charge was continued. The same conditions apply as count 1 with the exception of DNA and voting conditions. The sentence is concurrent with count 1. Voytilla was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. He was also ordered to pay a $300 fine.
The charges stemmed from a report to a Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force officer on April 11. According to the complaint, an individual had spoken with Voytilla within the last 48 hours. During that conversation, he said he had purchased a “burner” semiautomatic 9-mm handgun and implied that it had either been stolen or the serial number was altered or removed.
Voytilla, who sounded intoxicated, also said he had ammunition and thought about killing himself. He said he bought the handgun to protect his mom in the event the COVID-19 pandemic led to anarchy. During the COVID-19 portion of the conversation, he also talked about an urge to “kill someone but no Americans.” Voytilla further noted he was angry and frustrated about his time in the military, implying he had killed enemy combatants and enjoyed killing them.
The individual told the task force officer that Voytilla has used methamphetamine in the past. The task force officer knew Voytilla from past investigations, and a police sergeant learned that Voytilla had a 2017 conviction for terroristic threats in Marshall County. This conviction meant he is ineligible to possess firearms.
A search warrant was then drafted for firearms ammunition. The search warrant covered Voytilla’s home at 1017 Dewey Ave. N. as well as his vehicles. The search warrant was executed at 2:04 p.m. April 11.
A .17-caliber rimfire cartridge and a box of Blazer 9- mm handgun ammunition were found. Approximately six rounds were missing. In plain view, officers could see a plastic gram type baggie containing suspected meth residue and a clear short piece of straw.
The latter item is typically used to inhale drugs. Other items included a multi-colored glass pipe containing suspected marijuana residue and a small baggie of suspected marijuana. A second search warrant was then drafted and later executed for controlled substances. The above items were seized as part of that warrant.