- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal drug and weapons charges.

A jury in August found Randy Skarda, of Watford City, guilty of four counts, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a drug user.

The government asked for a sentence in the range of 14 years, based on the quantity of drugs alleged and the possession of a weapon.

Skarda’s lawyer, Kevin Chapman, argued in court documents that the government inflated the amount of drugs traced to Skarda and said his client’s firearms were “legal to own in general.”

Chapman asked for a sentence of 10 months.

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