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Sentencing today for ND man who brought gun to court in Hettinger

FARGO (AP) -- A man convicted of attempted murder for brandishing a gun in a western North Dakota courtroom is scheduled for sentencing in Fargo.

Vicente Chacano, a Chilean native who was working as a farmhand, was accused of taking the gun into a Hettinger courthouse last year and trying to fire it after his conviction in a child molestation case.

Witnesses say Chacano pulled the trigger several times, including directly at the chest of prosecutor Jonathan Byers, but the gun never fired.

The trial was moved to Fargo, where a jury convicted Chacano in February

Chacano faces 20 years in prison on each of the two charges. The sentence could be enhanced because it involved a firearm.

Sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Cass County Courthouse.