A jury found a 35-year-old Jamestown man guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy Thursday in Southeast District Court.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) - A jury found a 35-year-old Jamestown man guilty of murder and criminal conspiracy Thursday in Southeast District Court.
Leron Lee Howard faces up to life in prison without parole. Judge Thomas E. Merrick said sentencing will be in about two months following a pre-sentencing investigation.
The 12-member jury returned its verdict Thursday afternoon after five days of testimony and a day and a half of deliberation.
Howard was convicted of both murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of 18-year-old Abdi Ali Ahmed, whose body was discovered April 30, 2011 in a ditch near Spiritwood. Both charges are Class AA felonies.
Defense attorney Steve Mottinger had asked the jury Tuesday to find Howard guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter.
23-year-old co-defendant Janelle Cave was convicted of manslaughter and criminal conspiracy in February for her role in Ahmed?s death. She is currently appealing an 11-year prison sentence.
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