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Published November 18, 2010, 08:53 AM

Veteran sentenced for ND standoff

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A military veteran arrested after a standoff near Cooperstown has been ordered to wear an electronic tracking bracelet for a year and receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A military veteran arrested after a standoff near Cooperstown has been ordered to wear an electronic tracking bracelet for a year and receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Forty-year-old Matthew Helm pleaded guilty earlier to three misdemeanor assault charges in Nelson County and three misdemeanors in Griggs County: disorderly conduct, preventing arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities say Helm was involved in a domestic dispute June 3 at his ex-wife's home near McVille, in Nelson County. The Grand Forks Herald reports that he then went to his home near Cooperstown in Griggs County, where authorities say he pointed a handgun at deputies and holed up for about an hour before coming out and being arrested without incident.

Defense attorney Ralph Carter says Helm served in the Persian Gulf and Somalia.

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