FARGO — A 25-year-old man admitted Monday, Nov. 16, that he caused the death of another during an assault this summer at a Horace, N.D., bar.
Jordan Ryker Pendleton of Horace pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to Class B felonies of manslaughter and aggravated assault, as well as two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. A presentencing investigation should take about 90 days to complete, prosecutors said.
Pendleton assaulted a bartender and two patrons on June 28 at Big Erv’s Bar and Grill, according to court documents. One of those customers was 31-year-old Marlin Klatt of Horace.
Court documents detailed how Pendleton became angry with Klatt and hit him in the face with a closed fist. Klatt was knocked unconscious, fell to the ground and struck his head on the sidewalk, court documents said.
Klatt died later.
Prosecutors described the attack as coming “out of nowhere.” They asked Judge John Irby to remand Pendleton into custody until he is sentenced.
Pendleton has done everything required of him while out on bond, defense attorney Steven Mottinger said. He has no criminal history, and he would have done something by now if he was going to.
“He is not a danger to the public,” Mottinger said.
Defendants are typically taken into custody after being found guilty after a trial, but it’s rare for someone to be remanded to jail after pleading guilty, Irby said. Pendleton will remain on bond release until he is sentenced.
A sentencing date was not set Monday.