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Man Who Killed Woman Then Set Her House On Fire Is Sentenced

Justin Critt Was Found Guilty In May Of Killing Melissa Wilcoxon Of Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The man found guilty of killing a Moorhead woman and starting her house on fire has been sentenced. A judge gave Justin Critt over 40 years in prison. He must serve about 29 years of that sentence before he is eligible to get out for good behavior. In May, Critt was found guilty by a jury of…

Man Walks Away From Work Release in Detroit Lakes

Ricardo Gomez of Willmar was reported absent from work around 5:30 Saturday evening

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A former prison inmate has walked away from his work release program in Detroit Lakes. 41-year-old Ricardo Gomez of Willmar was reported absent from work around 5:30 Saturday evening. He was being housed at the Becker County Minimum Security Annex since being accepted into the work release program. Gomez previously spent time in prison in Stillwater…

Moorhead Man Gets 10 Years For Shooting Man Living In His Garage

Neil Johnson Admitted Smoking Meth Before Killing Jacob Glover

Jacob Glover & fiance/Neil JohnsonMOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the shooting death of a man who was living in his garage. 26-year-old Neil Johnson shot and killed Jacob Glover of West Fargo during an argument outside Johnson’s home last April. The prosecutor says Johnson and Glover were arguing over coins…

Former North Dakota College Football Player Found Guilty of Murder

Denzel Hawthorne And A Teamate Killed A Drug Dealer's Father

SALEM, Ore. — Jurors have convicted a former North Dakota college student in the killing of a drug dealer’s father in Salem, Oregon. 24-year-old Denzel Hawthorne has been found guilty of murder. The day before the August 2016 shooting, Hawthorne and a college teammate drove to Salem from Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota to collect on a drug…

Child Sex Abuse Trial Ends With Plea Deal Agreement

Thomas Iacono Entered An Alford Plea

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A trial is called off after the defendant reaches a plea deal in a child sex abuse case in Fergus Falls. A jury was ready to hear the case of 59-year-old Thomas Iacono. But the Rothsay man entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him. Prosecutors…

Men Sentenced for Shutting Down Keystone Pipeline

Seattle man sentenced to one year in prison and Vermont man sentenced to probation

BISMARCK, N.D. — An environmental activist from Seattle has been sentenced to one year in prison for targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Michael Foster in October 2016 cut through a chain link fence near Walhalla and turned a shut-off valve on the Keystone Pipeline. He was convicted last October of conspiracy, criminal mischief and trespass but acquitted of…

“Free Through Recovery” To Launch Thursday In North Dakota

Program To Help Former Inmates Stay Clean And Out Of Custody

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota will begin a new program for people who are transitioning out of prison, on probation and parole, and at risk of incarceration. Free Through Recovery will launch on Thursday. The program was created through the state’s justice reinvestment initiative, which put aside $7 million for behavioral health treatment for those on parole and probation. Officials…

Fort Totten Man Sentenced in Police Chase, Shooting Case

A trooper tried to pull TwoHearts over on I-29 on February 2, 2017

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The man who shot at officers during a chase that started near Grand Forks last February is headed to prison. Daniel TwoHearts, 24, of Fort Totten, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking and firearms charges. A trooper tried to pull TwoHearts over on I-29 on February 2, 2017. His vehicle was…

One Suspect in Fergus Falls Shooting Released from Jail

He is facing attempted murder, murder-conspiracy and assault charges

  FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — One of the men in custody for a drug-related shooting in Fergus Falls is out of jail. Derek Koch, 35, says he met his $250,000 bail after claiming he owns land in Dicky County. He is facing attempted murder, murder-conspiracy and assault charges. Authorities say Koch supplied the gun to three others in the November…