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Accomplice in deadly Fargo bar fight gets 20 years in prison

FARGO -- A man convicted of being an accomplice in a deadly Fargo bar fight -- Jessy Olson -- was sentenced Monday, Oct. 21, in Cass County District Court to 20 years in prison in the Joey Gaarsland murder case. Twenty years is the same sentence ...

 

FARGO -- A man convicted of being an accomplice in a deadly Fargo bar fight -- Jessy Olson -- was sentenced Monday, Oct. 21, in Cass County District Court to 20 years in prison in the Joey Gaarsland murder case. Twenty years is the same sentence a co-defendant received earlier in October.

Olson, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of accomplice to murder and  two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in the beating death of Gaarsland outside a Fargo bar in May 2015.

On Monday, Judge Tom Olson adopted the sentence recommended by prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek, who said Jessy Olson willingly joined in a fight to assist his uncle, Scott Moen, and two other co-defendants, Nicholas C. Morris and Jason Oien.

All four men pleaded guilty, with Morris, 35, sentenced to 20 years earlier in October for his conviction on charges of accomplice to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

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Moen, who pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and Oien, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, are awaiting sentencing for their roles in the incident outside of Rick’s Bar, 2721 Main Ave.

Gaarsland, who was 35, suffered severe head injuries during the fight and died several days later.

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