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Moorhead man pleads guilty to killing 2 coworkers, unborn child at Fargo factory

Anthony Reese Jr. could face life in prison without parole for the shooting deaths of 43-year-old Richard Pittman, 32-year-old April Carbone and Carbone's unborn child.

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Anthony Reese Jr. pleaded guilty to murder charges during his appearance in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022.
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FARGO — A Moorhead man has admitted to fatally shooting two former coworkers, including one who was pregnant, last year after he was fired from his job at a Fargo factory.

Anthony Reese Jr., 36, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Cass County District Court to three counts of murder, including the death of the unborn child. He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Feb. 6.

The charges alleged Reese shot and killed 43-year-old Richard Pittman and 32-year-old April Carbone on Nov. 17 at Melet Plastics, also known as Composite America, in Fargo.

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April Carbone.
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Pittman and Reese got into an argument at the factory over machinery, according to court documents. One coworker said Reese was fired and was asked to leave.

Reese returned a short time later with a handgun, court documents said. He got into another fight with Pittman, pulled the gun out and shot Pittman four times, prosecutor Ryan Younggren said Wednesday.

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Reese then turned the gun on Carbone and shot her twice as she ran away, according to court documents. He then fled and threw the gun away before turning himself into the Fargo Police Department, court documents said.

Prosecutors ended up pursuing a rare charge in North Dakota: murder of an unborn child. Carbone was 8-months pregnant with a girl, court documents said.

Carbone and Pittman were dating and planned to name the child Layla, court documents said.

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Richard Pittman.
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Reese had asked to go to trial during a change of plea hearing last month. His attorney Nicole Bredahl said Wednesday Reese wanted to take responsibility for the shootings.

Reese also said he wanted to be sentenced on Wednesday, according to Bredahl. However, the case requires a presentence investigation to determine recommendations for prison time, Bredahl noted.

Reese will serve a minimum of four years in prison since he used a dangerous weapon in the killings. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole, the maximum penalty for a murder charge in North Dakota.

Family members of the victims want to fly from the East Coast to speak at the sentencing hearing, Younggren said.

Judge Wade Webb ordered that Reese be held in custody until the sentencing hearing without bond.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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