- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A Devils Lake man convicted of burglarizing a fast-food restaurant that authorities say was destroyed by arson won’t get a new trial.

A jury in March reached a split verdict, convicting Michael Ott of burglarizing the local Hardee’s but concluding he wasn’t guilty of torching the building.

The Devils Lake Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2qfHHJv ) that District Judge Donovan Foughty recently denied a motion for a new trial filed on behalf of Ott, concluding that one wasn’t warranted.

The restaurant burned in October 2015, while Ott was an employee. Authorities said he stole more than $1,100 from the business. He’s awaiting sentencing.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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Information from: Devils Lake Journal, https://www.devilslakejournal.com

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