- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A Mandan man has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for shooting to death his neighbor.

Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan McKinney earlier entered an Alford plea to murder in the death of 28-year-old Alex Lansdon in January 2014 at Lansdon’s home. That means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to convict him.

McKinney also pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence

Defense attorney Patrick Rosenquist said during Monday’s sentencing that McKinney was on the bottom rung of a violent drug operation based in California, and that McKinney, Lansdon and others were using drugs and drinking the night of the killing.

McKinney has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators looking into the drug operation and will get credit for 511 days he has already served.



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