SENTENCE

Devils Lake Man Sentenced in Meth Drug Dealing Case

He was arrested for being in possession of 12 bags of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia

DEVILS LAKE, ND — A Devils Lake man is sentenced in a drug dealing case. Jeremy Crist, 40, will serve 10 years in federal prison and eight years of supervised release after his term is complete. Crist pleaded guilty to dealing drugs after authorities used an informant to arrange a meth deal with him. He was arrested for being in…

Former Executive Board Member of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Sentenced in Embezzlement Case

Adams said in his plea agreement that they stole over $415,000 from the district between January 2011 and March 2013

  RICHLAND COUNTY, ND — A former executive board member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for embezzlement. Federal authorities say 46-year-old Thomas Adams and others allegedly wrote checks to themselves for payroll, stipends, travel and other reasons. Adams said in his plea agreement that they stole over $415,000 from the…

Judge Convicts Fargo Man in Mapleton Gas Station Sex Assault

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered before sentencing

  FARGO, ND — A district judge in Fargo has convicted a Fargo man in the sexual assault of an employee at a convenience store in Mapleton. Prosecutors say Abdulrahman Ali forced the female employee into a restroom at Gordy’s Travel Center in December 2015, claiming that she was his wife. Ali gave up his right to a jury trial…

Wimbledon Man Sentenced in Arson Case of Former Air Force Control Center

The building was heavily damaged in the April fire which was set in three parts of the building

Christopher KraayDAZEY, ND — A Wimbledon man has been sentenced for breaking into and setting fire to a former Air Force control center near Dazey. Christopher Kraay, 29, was given three and a half years in prison. He pleaded guilty to arson, burglary and to the theft of two ATVs. The building was heavily damaged in the April fire which…

Crookston Woman Pleads Guilty in Red River Valley Meth Trafficking Ring

The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — A Crookston woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a drug related murder in Grand Forks. Lorie Ortiz, 42, admitted that she was involved in attempting to destroy evidence after Austin Forsman was killed in the parking lot of Flying J. The murder investigation uncovered a large meth trafficking ring in the Red River Valley….

Fargo Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crimes Case

A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal

FARGO, ND — A Fargo man is sentenced on criminal sex charges. Christopher Leiva was given seven years in prison. He’ll be on probation for 10 years and he’ll have to register as a sex offender. A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal. Leiva was accused of committing sexual acts with someone under…

Three Men Sentenced in Grand Forks Meth Trafficking Case Tied to Murder

The drug trafficking came to light after the shooting death of Austin Forsman at the Flying J in Grand Forks in March 2016

  GRAND FORKS, ND — Three men are headed to prison for meth trafficking in connection with a Grand Forks murder case. A judge sentenced 34-year-old Christopher Ringsrud-Knowles, of Arvilla, 26-year-old Daniel Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston and 27-year-old Aaron Morado of Grand Forks. Rodriguez is sentenced to seven years in prison, Morado is sentenced to 7 ½ years and Ringsrud-Knowles…

Two Juveniles Among 20 Arrests in Bismarck Prostitution Sting

The suspects range in age from 17-years-old to 56-years-old

  BISMARCK, ND — Bismarck Police have arrested at least 18 adults and two juveniles in a prostitution sting at a local motel. The suspects range in age from 17-years-old to 56-years-old. All of the suspects are facing possible misdemeanor charges that have a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail. Police say they posted an advertisement for prostitution on…

Fargo Man Sentenced for Fatal Christmas Eve Stabbing of Friend

Porter stabbed Bjarnason in the chest at his home after a night of drinking

  FARGO, ND — The Fargo man who pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his friend on Christmas Eve has been sentenced. Timothy Porter will spend a little over five years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter in the killing of 26-year-old Derek Bjarnason. Porter stabbed Bjarnason in the chest at his home after a night of drinking….

Man Convicted in Area Meth Bust Loses Bid for Shorter Sentence

The appeals court panel says Cossette has a violent criminal history and poses a danger to the community

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A man charged in a conspiracy to sell meth in the metro has lost his bid for a shorter prison term. Marc Cossette was sentenced to 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2013. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals says U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson of Fargo did not abuse his…