Charges dropped against priest who allegedly pointed AK-47 at daughter over her grades

Categories: Crime, Guns
Kirill Bartashevitch.jpg
Bartashevitch is a man of God and guns.
Yesterday, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced it won't prosecute Kirill Bartashevitch, a 53-year-old St. Paul man who was hit with two felony terroristic threats charges for allegedly pointing an AK-47 at his daughter and threatening his wife during an argument about the girl's grades.

We wrote about the incident in January 2013, before we had any idea Bartashevitch is "a highly respected Russian Orthodox priest," as a Pioneer Press report describes him.

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While his case worked its way through the pretrial process last year, about 20 supporters from all over the world wrote to Ramsey County Judge Lezlie Ott Marek and expressed their admiration for Bartashevitch and how he's helped them on their journeys of faith. But it turns out character witnesses weren't needed, as Bartashevitch's wife and daughter eventually refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

Bartashevitch was arrested after a parent of one of his daughter's classmates at St. Paul Central High School informed authorities about a text she had seen on her child's phone detailing the alleged AK-47 incident, which stemmed from Bartashevitch's displeasure about his daughter getting Bs rather than As in school.

Bartashevitch's daughter and wife initially cooperated with authorities and corroborated the version of events outlined above, but, for one reason or another, they ultimately decided they didn't want him convicted after all.

We contacted Ramsey County Attorney's Office spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein for more information. He sent us this statement:
There was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In this particular instance, the victims refused to cooperate, thus making it virtually impossible to prove a terroristic threats case.
In case you're wondering why Bartashevitch had an AK-47 in his Midway home in the first place, he claimed he purchased it shortly before the incident because in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, he was worried such weapons would soon be banned.

The PiPress reports that in addition to his priestly duties, Bartashevitch also used to work for Minneapolis Public Schools as an IT guy at Sheridan Elementary School and Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center. He started in 2000, the same year he was convicted of disorderly conduct thanks to another incident involving his wife. MPS put him on unpaid leave when the terroristic threats charges were filed.

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26 comments
eyetod
eyetod

because, you just need an AK 

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Did city pages do a story on the janitor who was just reinstated to his job after being removed for sexually harnessing young students and also female teachers? Yea, an 'arbitrator' I.e. Union crony, reinstated the pedo. Hope city pages picked up that story too.

Adam Epps
Adam Epps

and he's a priest.... why are charges being dropped? Did he pull a bazooka on someone to force the charges to be dropped?

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Um the odds this idiot shoots someone is elementary and then what? We say we didn't see it coming? System is so fucked.

jazzbo13
jazzbo13

Why would we wonder why Kirill Bartashevitch would have an AK-47 in his Midway home? Is he a prohibited possessor? Does MinneSSota have a prohibition against religious figures owning firearms? Or is it just his Russian sounding name? Objective journalism, my уметь!

Roger Her
Roger Her

It's OK April Clark McDonald you had straight A's...thru college. :)

Miquelangelo D. Medina
Miquelangelo D. Medina

he threatens his family, then intimidates and/or lies to them so that they don't testify against him - a classic cycle of abuse. i hope we don't see that poor family winding up killed at the hands of a temperamental fundamentalist with an assault rifle.

Al Pann
Al Pann

Russian Orthodox. Says it right in the article. Google's your friend, sir.

Jesse Meyer
Jesse Meyer

I know that county prosecutors are overworked and underpaid, and that a case with reluctant witnesses is hard to prosecute. But if he did point a gun at a family member during an argument, that indicates a lack of self country and a willingness to threaten others with weapons - a dangerous combination.

Mike Worcester
Mike Worcester

Wow, so much for the traditional punishment of grounding or taking away the car keys.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann 

How come your liberal friends in DC and Chicago haven't figured out how to make "stricter gun laws" work? Most dangerous cities for gun crimes and yet they have the strictest laws. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Reason# 9,075,087,349 why we need stricter gun laws.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Why don't you give us the link - unless you're just pulling crap out of your ass again.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann 

OK genius.  Let's make you King for a day.

What law would you make, and how would that law have prevented this?  Please explain this law with as much detail as you can. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TheConservativeJerk   I would only allow babies to own hand grenades and guns.   Innocent little babies won't hurt nobody. 

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@digitalprotocol 

Hey, way to throw out a tangential distraction for the genius!

He needs someone to look out for him.BTW, I’m guessing he would fail question #2

 

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