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Fargo man sentenced to six months for wife's huffing death

Brent S. Glarum

FARGO—A Fargo man was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday, Feb. 13, after pleading guilty to a charge of reckless endangerment for providing the cans of dust cleaner his wife used during a fatal huffing session in December.

Brent S. Glarum and his wife, Erin, were both huffing cans of "Dust-Off" one night in late December when Brent Glarum fell asleep and later woke up to find his wife unresponsive with blue lips, according to documents filed in Cass County District Court.

Glarum called 911 and tried to revive his wife, but she was pronounced dead shortly after rescue workers arrived at their home, documents state.

In addition to the reckless endangerment charge, Glarum faced charges of negligent homicide and violating an order for protection in connection with the fatal huffing session, but those charges were dismissed.

In passing sentence on Monday, Judge Douglas Herman accepted the prosecution's recommendation of six months in jail, as opposed to a 30-day sentence sought by Glarum's attorney, Jesse Lange. Lange said his client is profoundly sorry for what happened and is still grieving his wife's death.

Lange said at the time of the incident Brent Glarum believed it was safer for him to provide his wife with chemicals to huff because if he didn't she would do it alone and therefore be at greater risk.

"This is a tragic situation. It's something my client has struggled with," Lange said.

In addition to the jail time, Glarum was ordered to pay $525 in fees.

He will also be placed on two years of supervised probation after satisfying his jail sentence.

He was given credit for having spent two days in jail.

Dave Olson
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