- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a federal drug conspiracy charge in North Dakota.

Shawn Machipiness pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Authorities say the ring involved more than 500 grams of methamphetamine that was distributed primarily in North Dakota, Minnesota and Washington state.

Machipiness was arrested in Grand Forks in August.

An attorney for Machipiness asked for a sentence of 10 years. The government argued for a term of more than 19 years.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said in court that the sentence reflects the nature of the offense and the defendant’s prior history of drug-related crimes.



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