- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Williston-area hobby rancher.

Ryan Stensaker is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole in the spring 2013 death of 58-year-old Jack Sjol (shohl). Sjol’s body was found in a garbage dump with bullet wounds to his head, face and left arm.

Stensaker was convicted in December 2014 after a trial that failed to answer why Sjol was killed.

Stensaker appealed, arguing that the state’s case was based on circumstantial evidence and that prosecutors never presented a motive.

Supreme Court justices rejected those arguments. They also ordered a correction to a clerical error, saying the case improperly states Stensaker was convicted of murder conspiracy rather than murder.


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