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Slack sentenced for role in murder

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Fargo, N.D. (WDAY-TV) – The third of five alleged co-conspirators from a south Fargo grocery store murder that took place in March was sentenced in a Cass County courtroom Thursday.

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Lalece Slack, 26, pleaded guilty in District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Judge Tom Olson sentenced Slack to 270 days at the Cass County Detention Center, followed by 18-months of supervised probation.

Slack will receive credit for the 47 days she has already spent at the jail.

Cass County prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said he was pleased with the sentence.

"She had a smaller role in this conspiracy, so we thought that sentence was appropriate,” said Van De Streek. “She wasn't at the scene of the crime, she wasn't wielding the knife. We wanted a sentence that was harsh (and) that would secure her participation but accurately reflected her limited involvement in the offense."

During her afternoon appearance, Slack admitted to playing a role in a sham drug deal that led to the death of 26 year old Rolandas House.

However, Slack maintained she did not know House was going to be murdered.

Van de Streek said evidence pointed to Slack placing a phone call that set up the meeting to carry out the deal.

Slack will be called on as a witness in the trials of Arlen and Alexander Clapper, both of Moorhead.

 Each are facing a Class AA murder charge.

 A third member of the Clapper family, Tamara, pleaded guilty to the same charge in May.

 She is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence.

 Additionally, in May, Wade Garrett was sentenced to 24 years in prison for physically carrying out the murder.

 Like Slack, Garrett will also testify against Arlen and Alexander Clapper.

 Van de Streek said he expects both men will go through trial before Slack serves out her time in the Cass County Detention Center.

 "We're looking forward to the trials of the remaining two defendants," said Van de Streek.

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Drew Trafton
I joined the WDAY 6 news team in September of 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. Previous to arriving in the F-M area, I worked as a broadcast journalist at the CBS affiliate (KTVQ) in Billings, Montana (sidenote: my hometown). I have worn many hats in my young broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer, sports producer and online producer. However, my favorite role to play is storyteller (collective: "ahh"). When not bringing you the news, I enjoy taking in or participating in sports. On the professional level, I root for Seattle teams. As a graduate of the University of Montana, I also enjoys FCS football (but forgive my allegiance). I also enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to good music and frolicking in the outdoors. I enjoy those things all the more when I can do them with my wife, Annie (a Minnesota native). If you have a story idea for me, or just want to say hello, you can send me an email!
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