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FARGO — A West Fargo man who pleaded guilty to allegations he tried to kill himself by driving into a parked car at more than 100 mph has received a deferred sentence in Cass County District Court. John P. Milligan, who was 62 when he was charged in August with reckless endangerment and reckless driving , pleaded guilty to both charges on Monday, Dec. 3.
FARGO — A federal judge has denied prosecution requests to bar expert witnesses from testifying on behalf of the defense at an upcoming hearing in the case of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who is seeking to have his conviction and death sentence set aside in the kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin. Rodriguez, who is in his mid-60s, was sentenced to death for the 2003 death of Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student.
FARGO — No one was hurt when a plane veered off a runway at Hector International Airport and crashed at the north end of the airfield just before 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, an airport official said. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Municipal Airport Authority, said it appeared the plane, a Cessna Citation II, had been in the process of landing on the airport's primary runway when the small jet veered off the runway before coming to a stop.
FARGO — William Hoehn's attorney has filed papers in Cass County District Court indicating Hoehn plans to appeal the life sentence he received for helping kidnap the child of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind by challenging a judge's finding that he's a dangerous offender. In October, a jury found Hoehn, 33, not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017.
FARGO — A Moorhead police officer faces a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly fracturing a nasal bone and bruising the right eye of a woman who was handcuffed. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court: Fargo police were called to Sanford Medical Center on Sept. 9 for a report of contact by bodily fluids. When officers arrived at the hospital, they were met by Moorhead Officer Matthew Lambert, who had brought an arrested woman, 47-year-old Jennifer Joan Thomas, to the hospital to be medically checked out.
FARGO — The driver of a car that crashed near Mapleton, N.D., in June killing a 22-year-old Fargo man faces a charge of aggravated reckless driving. Levi Allmaras, of West Fargo, has pleaded not guilty to the Class A misdemeanor charge in Cass County District Court. Allmaras was 23 when the crash happened about 8:40 p.m. June 28 near Mapleton, west of West Fargo. The car he was driving entered a controlled intersection and struck a van carrying a basketball team from Lisbon, N.D., authorities said. Both vehicles went into the ditch.
FARGO — An intriguing aspect of the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is the fact Fargo police made three consensual searches of the apartment where she was murdered and her baby was cut from her womb, but nothing suspicious was found during any of them.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A 25-year-old Valley City man died Friday, Oct. 5, in the Barnes County Jail, according to Barnes County State's Attorney Carl Martineck. Martineck said the inmate, Lonny Levi Bradley, is believed to have died from suicide. He added that it's standard procedure for such incidents to be investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
FARGO — Day eight of William Hoehn's murder conspiracy trial in Cass County District Court saw fireworks early on in the form of Jennifer Robinson, an inmate at the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D.
FARGO — Judge Thomas Olson said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that a jury — not he — will decide the fate of William Hoehn, who's accused of conspiring to kill Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017. Olson said after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon in Cass County District Court that a jury will be the finder of facts in the case, and he said jurors could reasonably conclude that Hoehn conspired to kill LaFontaine-Greywind based on testimony from his ex-girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, Brooke Crews.