Matthew Paul Little, 39, entered an Alford plea Tuesday in Towner County District Courtroom in a case through which he confronted as much as eighty five years in jail. In change for the Alford plea,—meaning he isn’t admitting guilt within the case however agrees prosecutors have sufficient proof to convict him—he acquired a 5-yr jail sentence. He’ll get credit score for 333 days for time served.
The case stems from a Feb. 18 assault on the Cando Villa Flats at 1302 Fifth Ave. Officers have been referred to as at 5 p.m. that day to the house constructing, the place they discovered two injured males, in response to courtroom data. One sufferer, recognized as Chris Lancaster, was flown to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks to be handled for a number of accidents, together with bleeding in his mind. The second sufferer, Curtis Henry, was handled for neck and head accidents.
Lancaster stated in courtroom paperwork a “giant Native American” later recognized as Little beat Lancaster with what he thought was a bat. Henry advised investigators he tried to interrupt up the struggle and was assaulted.
Investigators later discovered a damaged picket chair on the scene with blood discovered on elements of the damaged wooden, based on courtroom paperwork.
Little, who additionally had blood on his clothes, referred to as the incident “a drug deal gone dangerous,” based on courtroom paperwork.
Little had been charged with two Class A felony counts of tried homicide, 4 Class B felonies—two housebreaking expenses and two theft costs—and a Class C felony felony trespassing cost. Prosecutors lowered the fees to a Class C felony rely of aggravated assault and two Class A misdemeanors—theft of property and legal trespassing.
The assault cost—probably the most extreme of the three—carries a most punishment of 5 years in jail.
Cando is about 30 miles northwest of Devils Lake.