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Published September 19, 2012, 10:54 AM

West Fargo landlord takes assault case to Supreme Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 74-year-old West Fargo landlord sentenced to two years in prison for running over an ex-tenant with his Hummer has appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 74-year-old West Fargo landlord sentenced to two years in prison for running over an ex-tenant with his Hummer has appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Alois Vetter argues that jurors who last fall convicted him of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment should not have been allowed to consider the vehicle a dangerous weapon in the February 2011 incident.

The Forum newspaper reports that because of the finding, a judge was forced to give Vetter the mandatory minimum two-year sentence.

Vetter's attorney says automobiles are not specifically classified as dangerous weapons under state law. Prosecutor Cherie Clark says the issue boils down to intent, which is for a jury to decide.

The Supreme Court will rule later.

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