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Spirit Lake Nation man gets 14 years in prison for running over, killing victim


FARGO—A Spirit Lake Nation man will spend 14 years in prison for running over another man with a vehicle, resulting in his death.

Lance Robertson, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court to second-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Larse Azure Jr. of the Spirit Lake Nation. A judge handed down the sentence Tuesday in federal court and ordered him to pay more than $14,500 in restitution.

The sentence stems from a Dec. 19 incident, when Robertson used a 2004 Dodge Durango to run over Azure on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, investigators said. After consuming a "large quantity of alcohol" at an Oberon, N.D., bar, Robertson drove about 14 miles to Fort Totten, N.D., where he picked up five people, including Azure, so they could "drive around the reservation and drink," according to court documents.


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