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Detroit Lakes man sentenced to 11 years in prison for distributing meth on White Earth Reservation

DETROIT LAKES, Minn.–A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Thirty-eight-year-old Eric Ryan Bergstrom pleaded guilty in December 2019 and was sentenced in St. Paul on Tuesday. Court documents say law enforcement learned of Bergstrom’s intent to deliver meth to the White Earth Reservation and installed a tracking device…

Cass County Jail Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19

The inmate has mild symptoms and is in isolation

FARGO, N.D. — An inmate currently in custody at the Cass County Jail tests positive for the coronavirus. Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner says the staff at the jail has been preparing for this exact situation. “We predicted that at some point, we would probably have an individual who would come in who was, you know, who was infectious with…

Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years for Sexual Assaults

He faced a maximum of 29 years in prison.

NEW YORK (AP)–Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. It’s a sight the Hollywood mogul’s multitude of accusers thought they would never see. Weinstein was convicted last month of raping a woman in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman at his apartment in…

Former ND State Senator Collects Over 500 Books For Inmate Book Drive

Flakoll Says He's Gotten Books From 10 States

FARGO, N.D. — Former North Dakota State Senator Tim Flakoll is getting some massive help in his book drive for inmates in the Cass County Jail. North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong donated 22 books from the Library Of Congress to help Flakoll’s goal of giving inmates a helping hand through education. Adding the total too over 500 books. Flakoll says…

Minot Man Who Embezzled from Employer Given 6 Months

An internal investigation uncovered the scheme.

MINOT, N.D.–A Minot man has been sentenced to spend six months behind bars for embezzling nearly $100,000 from his employer, a commercial truck dealer. Ryan Koble pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. The 40-year-old Koble was a branch manager at Wallwork Truck Center. Koble told investigators…

Teen Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Attack on Guards

The inmates were accused of choking one guard and handcuffing him.

MANDAN, N.D.–A teenager has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an attack on guards at a juvenile corrections center in Mandan. Seventeen-year-old Elijah Barse and three other youths were accused in the uprising at the Youth Correctional Center in January 2018. The inmates were accused of choking one guard and handcuffing him in an attempt…

Father Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Infant’s Death

He pleaded guilty Wednesday.

HASTINGS, Minn.–A Burnsville man who killed his infant son has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Michael Herkal admitted slapping and violently shaking the 13-day-old baby after the child wouldn’t stop crying. He pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Anthony Herkal and was sentenced to 290 months in prison. Police responded to a report of…

Gonvick Woman Sentenced For Running Over Boyfriend

47-year-old Beth Windus pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide

GONVICK, Minn. — A Gonvick, Minnesota woman has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for running over and killing her boyfriend in late August. 47-year-old Beth Windus pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 51-year-old Jonathon Sundquist. The complaint says Sundquist became upset when he came home from work and there was no dinner. When…

Grain Trader Sentenced For Wire Fraud And Money Laundering

The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota grain trader accused of running his business like a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. The judge has also ordered 22-year-old Hunter Hanson of Leeds to pay over $11 million in restitution. He will also have to forfeit property. Hanson pleaded guilty in July to charges of wire fraud and…

Families Impacted by Drunk Driver Awarded Over One Billion Dollars

Jason Morsette, is serving 25-years in prison for the accident.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A jury has awarded the families impacted by a drunk driving incident in 2015 $1,157,000,000 in past, future and non-economic punitive damages. The incident resulted in the deaths of Abby Renschler and Taylor Goven and left Shayna Monson critically injured. The amounts awarded to Renschler and Goven are to be provided to their families. The defendant, Jason Morsette, is…