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Ogema Man Sentenced in Killing of Three-Year-Old

The charges stem from the October 2015 death of Steven Warren at the couple's home on the White Earth Indian Reservation

  OGEMA, Minn. — A man who pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Sterling Andersen, 24, of rural Ogema, avoided a possible life prison term by pleading guilty to second-degree murder. The charges stem from the October 2015 death of Steven Warren at the couple’s home on…

High Risk Sex Offender Moving to Detroit Lakes Neighborhood

A community meeting will be held Thursday night at 6 in the City Council Chambers

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A community notification meeting is planned in Detroit Lakes about a high risk sex offender who is moving back into the community. Robert Baca will be back in DL on April 5th after completing his sentence. A community meeting will be held Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Officers will be on…

Former Grand Forks City Council Member who Shot Judge Back in Jail

Reuben Larson, 68, finished serving 25 of a 26-year prison sentence for shooting Judge Lawrence Jahnke in Room 201 of the Grand Forks County Courthouse

  BURLEIGH COUNTY, N.D. — A former Grand Forks City Council member who shot a judge in a courtroom in 1992 has been put back in jail. Reuben Larson, 68, finished serving 25 of a 26-year prison sentence for shooting Judge Lawrence Jahnke in Room 201 of the Grand Forks County Courthouse. Larson was in court for failing to make…

Little Falls Man Convicted of Murdering Two Teens Asking to be Released

They say Smith's rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public

  LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Attorneys for the Little Falls man who killed two teens who broke into his home in 2012 are asking for his release. Attorneys for 68-year-old Byron Smith say his life sentence without parole is unconstitutional. They say Smith’s rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public. Smith killed 18-year-old Haile…

Two Sentenced in 2016 Sex with Minors Sting

18 men were accused of going to local hotels to hire minors for sex

Brandon Murch (L) and Christopher Highness (R)  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — Two more men have appeared in court on charges connected to a sex sting last summer in the metro. Eighteen men were accused of going to local hotels to hire minors for sex. Brandon Murch, 31, of Hunter, North Dakota was sentenced to 1½ years behind bars. A charge…

Jamestown Man Sentenced for December Standoff

Troy Elhard pleaded guilty to charges after a seven hour standoff the day after Christmas

33-year-old Elhard was arrested after a standoff in Jamestown ended peacefully.  JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man has been sentenced for a seven hour standoff in December. Troy Elhard, 33, pleaded guilty to terrorizing and was sentenced to 51 days in jail, which he has already served and two years of probation. He is also required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation…

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing His Fergus Falls Father

Jurors listened to a 911 call made on the day of the killing who told authorities her son had shot his father

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The trial is underway for a man accused of killing his father in Fergus Falls. Dustin Defiel’s attorney says there’s not enough evidence to prove that he killed his father. The body of Rick Defiel was found in his house east of Fergus Falls last June. Jurors listened to a 911 call on that day from…

Spirit Lake Man Sentenced for 2016 Murder

Thundershield was convicted of second-degree murder and three assault charges

A man convicted of fatally stabbing another man and injuring his nephew on the Spirit Lake Reservation last spring has been sentenced to life in prison. Dallas Thundershield, 36, was found guilty of killing Richard Demarce Sr. and injuring Elvis Demarce in an April 2016 fight. It began while the three were driving around with Thundershield’s girlfriend. A jury in…

Victim’s Daughters Speak in Final Sentencing of Gaarsland Case

Scott Moen is given a 20-year prison sentence in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland

A judge exceeded the recommended sentence for the last man accused in the bar beating death of Fargo man Joey Gaarsland. Scott Moen was given a 20-year sentence despite prosecution recommending 15 years. But family members say even that isn’t enough. “The man you followed, you hit him to the ground, stomped on his head over and over and watched…

Former Jailer Gets Suspended Sentence

A former Mercer County jailer, who shot up a hotel in western North Dakota, gets a suspended sentence

A former Mercer County jailer, who shot up a hotel in western North Dakota,won’t serve any prison time. The judge gave 27-year-old Michael Peterson, of Hazen, a suspended sentence of one year at Friday’s hearing. Police say Peterson drunkenly fired a rifle about 32 times on February 28 at the Dakota Farms Inn in Beulah. No one was hurt. He…