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Vinger pleads guilty to felony drug charge

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A Dickinson man pleaded guilty Friday to a felony drug charge.

Kolby Cade Vinger, 21, of Dickinson, appeared before Judge William A. Herauf in Stark County District Court.

Vinger was charged with conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony.

The incident occurred on Oct. 30, 2018 in Dickinson.

Law enforcement had intercepted some text messaging traffic that looked like an exchange for controlled substances, Vinger's attorney, Thomas Murtha of Murtha Law Firm in Dickinson, explained.

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"They stopped a vehicle that Mr. Vinger was driving," he said. "An occupant of that vehicle had methamphetamine in their pocket. Mr. Vinger did not. The allegation is that Mr. Vinger was the go-between for the person who wanted to purchase and the person who wanted to sell, and Mr. Vinger was in the process of doing something to put those people together."

In North Dakota, a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Herauf accepted Vinger's guilty plea.

Vinger was sentenced to seven years with the North Dakota Department of Corrections with all seven years suspended for a period of three years. He was also ordered to pay fines totaling $1,200.

Assistant State's Attorney Brittney Bornemann said the plea agreement was fair and reasonable.

Herauf warned Vinger that if the conditions of the agreement are violated, Vinger could face the maximum sentence.

"If you don't live up to these terms and conditions, I'm not limited to seven years. I can actually sentence you for a full 10 years," he said. "Methamphetamine is the worst drug I deal with and unless you get some help on it, it's a dark path that you're on."

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