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Man sentenced to prison in death of Dickinson motel owner

December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Friends and family of Dickinson business owner Tracy Freer, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident more than a year ago, had their chance to address the court, and, by extension, so did the man driving the vehicle that struck and killed Freer.
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Man sentenced to three years in bar fight, gunshot case

December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Southwest District Court Judge William Herauf sentenced a man to three years in prison, with seven more suspended, for firing a gunshot during a New Year’s Eve brawl outside a Gladstone bar.

Herauf’s concern was with defendant Robert York’s …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

ND woman sentenced in toddler death on reservation

November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Dave Kolpack

The Associated Press

FARGO — A Spirit Lake Indian Reservation woman who was awarded custody of infant twin girls despite a history of child neglect was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison in the death of one of the child…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Sentencing sanity is lacking

October 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Dana Deegan gave birth to a baby boy, wrapped him in a blanket and then placed him in a crib in her trailer home with her three older children, and didn’t return for two weeks. When she came back, the infant was dead. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. Her case is not only a tragedy; it’s a symptom of a much bigger problem that is unnecessarily clogging our federal prisons due to harsh mandatory minimum sentences, at great cost to taxpayers. Continue Reading

Remembering Diane

August 2, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

It’s been nearly 15 months since his wife was murdered and Mike Fortenberry said his family is doing the best they can.
Diane Fortenberry, 51, was killed by Jeffery Brooks on May 20, 2011, when she walked in on Brooks burglarizing her rural Osakis home. Continue Reading

Prison: Chacano sentenced to 20 additional years for gun in courtroom

March 29, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO A judge on Thursday added 20 years to the sentence of a man convicted of attempted murder for brandishing a gun after his conviction was announced in a western North Dakota courtroom. Continue Reading

U.S. law official to Canada: Long jail terms for minor drug crimes ‘a colossal mistake’

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“When you start going down this road of building more prisons and sending people away for long periods of time, and you convince yourself that this is going to deter people you’ve made a colossal mistake,” said Eric E. Sterling, president of the Maryland-based Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and former counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Continue Reading

Dickinson drug dealer gets probation during sentencing

December 13, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

A judge sentenced a 23-year-old Dickinson man to probation for three drug charges during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.
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Early prison releases result from changes in crack cocaine sentencing

November 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Thousands of federal inmates that will benefit from a change that goes into effect today reducing recommended sentences for crack cocaine crimes so they are more in line with the penalties for powder cocaine. Continue Reading

Juarez to be sentenced for sexual assault in Willmar, Minn., alley, could get life

October 17, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR The 52-year-old Willmar man found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman last summer in an alley near the Willmar Eagles Club will be sentenced at 2 p.m. this afternoon. Continue Reading