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Published October 05, 2012, 09:02 AM

Two former NDSU athletes plead guilty in fraud case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two former North Dakota State University football players have pleaded guilty to petition fraud, while a third former player has pleaded not guilty.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two former North Dakota State University football players have pleaded guilty to petition fraud, while a third former player has pleaded not guilty.

The Forum newspaper reports that D.J. McNorton and Joshua Gatlin on Thursday received the same sentence as 10 current NDSU players who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor election offense earlier this week. The sentences involve community service but no jail time.

The attorney for Don Carter says Carter wants to deal with an unrelated case in municipal court before moving forward in the election fraud case.

Those charged in the fraud case were accused of faking signatures on ballot measure petitions. The scandal kept proposed measures to set up a state conservation fund and to legalize medical marijuana off the November ballot.

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