- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man is on trial for murder conspiracy and other charges in the May 2013 slaying of an area hobby rancher.

Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Stensaker is accused of killing 58-year-old Jack Sjol (shohl). Sjol’s body was found in a garbage dump after his family reported him missing. He had bullet wounds to his head, face and upper left arm.

Authorities haven’t discussed a possible motive in the case, in which half a dozen people were charged with various crimes. Charges against two of the suspects have been dismissed. One suspect was convicted of hindering law enforcement. Two others face upcoming trials on hindering charges.

Stensaker’s trial is being held in Minot. It’s scheduled to run through Dec. 19. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

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