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Man sentenced for role in 2007 stabbing

A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old man to 6 1/2 years in prison for his role in a 2007 attempted murder and robbery. East Central Judicial District Court Judge Steven Marquart issued the sentenced Monday after Louis Lugert pleaded guilty to bein...

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A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old man to 6½ years in prison for his role in a 2007 attempted murder and robbery.

East Central Judicial District Court Judge Steven Marquart issued the sentenced Monday after Louis Lugert pleaded guilty to being an accomplice to robbery and attempted murder. The charges stemmed from the February 2007 stabbing of William Bluedog in Fargo.

Lugert was convicted of the charges during a trial last year, but the North Dakota Supreme Court reversed his conviction and that of his accomplice, Thomas Rivet, 27.

Both were set to face new trials next week. Rivet, of Fargo, is scheduled to change his plea Nov. 17.

The plea agreement for Lugert calls for him to cooperate with authorities and testify against Rivet if needed.

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Lugert, no permanent address, faced up to 10 years in prison for each of the felony charges. He has been given credit for being in custody since February 2007.

Rivet, who is accused of stabbing Bluedog nine times, was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Lugert was originally sentenced to 10 years.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541

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