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GF police informant’s sentencing canceled

GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks County judge has canceled a sentencing hearing for a police informant convicted of theft but has not revealed his reason for doing so.

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Steven Harold Anderson, 59, was set to be sentenced on a felony theft charge Friday, but his hearing was canceled without documentation or explanation in court records as of Friday afternoon.

The presiding judge, Lawrence Jahnke, could not be reached for comment.

Assistant State’s Attorney Haley Wamstad she could not disclose Jahnke’s reasoning for the cancellation, but she said she believes the hearing will be rescheduled for sometime next week.

Information given to law enforcement by Anderson as an informant led to Grand Forks defense attorney Henry Howe and two of his clients being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in Walsh County.

Charges have since been dismissed against Howe, who, along with his attorney David Thompson, arrived at the Grand Forks County Courthouse on Friday only to discover the hearing was canceled.

“Apparently, according to court staff, Judge Jahnke canceled this hearing with no explanation,” Thompson said. “The only notation is that there is no future hearings scheduled.

“That is nothing less than bizarre,” he said.

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