- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - A corrections officer in Mercer County has pleaded not guilty to shooting up a Beulah hotel with an AR-15 rifle.

Twenty-six-year-old Hazen resident Michael Peterson is charged with attempted murder and reckless endangerment in the Feb. 27 incident.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1q3iS1H ) that he entered his pleas on Thursday. A trial date was not immediately scheduled. He could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Peterson allegedly fired the rifle 32 times after a night of drinking at a bar in the hotel, according to a police affidavit. No one was hurt.

Peterson is out on bond. Court documents show he entered an in-patient substance abuse program in late March and was scheduled for discharge in late April.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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