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…

86-Year-Old Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Each of the 10 counts carried a possible 5 year prison sentence

An 86-year old Grand Forks man has been sentenced to two-years in prison for possessing child porn. Roger Whaley was charged with ten counts of possession of certain prohibited material. Whaley faced five years on each count but the judge suspended three years and ordered the sentences to run concurrently. He was also given credit for time served. Grand Forks…