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Published January 04, 2013, 11:59 AM

Judge sentences violent North Dakota drug dealer to 27 years

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Fargo-area man accused of assaulting a fellow drug dealer in the course of a methamphetamine conspiracy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Fargo-area man accused of assaulting a fellow drug dealer in the course of a methamphetamine conspiracy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Marc Cossette is charged in federal court with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty in September.

Prosecutor Chris Myers said during Friday's sentencing that Cossette has a violent criminal history and it's rare in this area for one drug dealer to beat up another.

Defense attorney Stormy Vickers asked for a sentence of less than 16 years. He told Judge Ralph Erickson that Cossette's mother supplied him with drugs at age 13 and his client has not received proper treatment.

Cossette told Erickson he accepts responsibility for his actions, which he attributes to his own drug addiction.

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