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Almklov loses appeal in attempted murder case

The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling.

Almklov, Cory
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A Jamestown man who was convicted of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and providing false information to law enforcement lost his appeal on Thursday, March 17.

The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s ruling.

Cory Almklov, 41, was found guilty by a 12-person jury on March 12, 2021, of criminal attempt, murder, a Class A felony, aggravated assault and burglary, Class C felonies, two counts of making a false report to law enforcement officers, Class A misdemeanors, and theft of property, a Class B misdemeanor.

Almklov was sentenced to 25 years in the North Dakota Department of Corrections.

Almklov was accused of making substantial steps toward the murder of another person, causing substantial bodily injury to another individual, making false reports during 911 calls and entering a building and taking property valued at less than $500 on Aug. 17, 2020.

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Almklov argued in his appeal that he was convicted of a noncognizable offense of attempted murder under an erroneous jury instruction, the district court failed to properly instruct the jury on voluntary intoxication, and that there was insufficient evidence to convict him on one of the counts of false information to law enforcement officers, according to court documents.

The Supreme Court concluded that Almklov waived his right to challenge the jury instructions on appeal by agreeing to the instructions in district court and that substantial evidence exists that would allow a jury to draw a reasonable inference in favor of conviction on the count of false information to law enforcement.

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