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Prosecutors to dismiss charges against former Dickinson Trinity principal

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Dickinson, N.D. (WDAY TV) - Prosecutors are seeking to dismiss charges against a former high school principal in Dickinson who was accused of setting fire to his school in March.

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Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning says he filed a motion to drop the charges Thursday because insufficient evidence remains for a "reasonable expectation of conviction." He says that's because a judge threw out some statements Thomas Sander made to police.

Southwest District Judge William Herauf ruled Tuesday that Sander was not read his rights before part of a police interrogation and that some of his statements were coerced.

Sander faced charges of arson and endangerment by fire or explosion.

Defense attorney Lloyd Suhr says he is very pleased.

Henning says the judge could rule on the motion Monday.

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