- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court says a man whose record includes 47 felony convictions cannot file an appeal from a 26-year-old case.

Edward Waslaski Jr. pleaded guilty in 1988 to 39 counts of burglary in various counties in North Dakota and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Waslaski says his lawyer advised him to plead guilty to multiple charges to ensure a better outcome for a group of co-defendants, rather than look out for his individual interests.

The court said in a ruling released Thursday that a judge was right to throw out Waslaski’s application for appeal.

Waslaski pleaded guilty in 2007 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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