- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota woman accused of killing a man over a drug deal has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Thirty-two-year-old Krystal Feist pleaded guilty Monday to three counts, including murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy. Authorities say Feist shot 24-year-old Austin Forsman in March 2016 while Forsman sat in a vehicle at a Grand Forks truck stop.

Feist faces life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for June 15.

Another defendant, Modesto Torrez, is charged with ordering the hit on Forsman. He is scheduled for trial on May 2.

Feist and Torrez were eligible for the death penalty because the shooting allegedly involved a drug deal. The government declined to exercise that option.

Authorities say the drug ring distributed mass quantities of methamphetamine in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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