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West Fargo landlord convicted of running over former tenant wants case thrown out

In this file photo, West Fargo landlord Alois Vetter leaves the Cass County Courthouse Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in Fargo, N.D., following his sentencing. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

BISMARCK - The elderly West Fargo landlord convicted of running over his former tenant with a Hummer is asking the North Dakota State Supreme Court to throw his conviction out.

In a motion filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court, Alois Vetter, 76, asked the court to vacate his conviction on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges, and to dismiss the charges against him.

Vetter was sentenced to two years in prison after a jury convicted him in October 2011 of assaulting his former tenant with the Hummer, which they deemed a dangerous weapon.

In his motion for post-conviction relief, Vetter argues that the tenant was drunk at the time of the crash, and caused Vetter to run into the victim.

He also argues that the tenant and another witness lied under oath.