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Plea deal reached in Oil Patch shooting

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Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

WILLISTON — A Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a worker camp in the western North Dakota oil patch has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

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Victor Lamont of Lufkin, Texas, was charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing for the 2012 slaying of 57-year-old Gerald Schild of Katy, Texas and shooting and wounding Travis Lomax of Fort Smith, Ark.

Lamont pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment, and the terrorizing charges remained unchanged.

Lamont will be sentenced later.

Lamont was charged with shooting and fatally wounding Schild, a former NASCAR racer. He also was accused of wounding Lomax, who was treated and released from a hospital, and pointing the gun at two other residents.

Attorney Jeff Nehring and state's attorney Marlyce Wilder reached the plea agreement.

Nehring said the reduction in Lamont's charges was because “he was heavily intoxicated” when he shot and killed Schild and the slaying was not premeditated.

Lamont was released on bond in February and allowed to return to his home state of Texas.

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