- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A former Mercer County jailer who shot up a hotel in western North Dakota won’t serve any prison time.

Judge Bruce Haskell gave 27-year-old Michael Peterson, of Hazen, a suspended sentence of one year at Friday’s hearing. The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2iUv1Uq ) that means if he stays sober and out of trouble for two years, he’ll stay free.

Police say Peterson drunkenly fired a rifle about 32 times on Feb. 28 at the Dakota Farms Inn in Beulah. No one was injured. He pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless endangerment in November. Two counts of attempted murder were dismissed.

Defense attorney Tom Dickson called the incident an “alcohol-infused moment of pure stupidity.”

Peterson apologized. He said he has a job, underwent treatment and has been sober for 11 months.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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