- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge has rejected an appeal by a North Dakota man convicted on federal drug charges.

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

Skarda’s attorney, Kevin Chapman, argued that a judge should not have allowed testimony from a conversation between Skarda and a witness in a casino. Chapman says the testimony wasn’t relevant and made Skarda look like a “bad guy.”

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says the testimony from the casino encounter is not considered “unfair prejudice.”

Hovland also denied Chapman’s motion for acquittal based on insufficient evidence.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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