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Published February 26, 2013, 08:46 AM

North Dakota man sentenced to 2 years in home invasion case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been sentenced to prison in a home invasion and burglary in which a grandmother was pistol-whipped while two small children hid upstairs.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been sentenced to prison in a home invasion and burglary in which a grandmother was pistol-whipped while two small children hid upstairs.

Michael Mario, of West Fargo, pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County Court to criminal conspiracy and burglary. A third charge of felony terrorizing was dropped.

Authorities say Mario and three others broke into the house in Chaffee, west of Fargo, in November.

The 34-year-old Mario was sentenced to two years in prison.

The Forum reports that two other men, 21-year-old Levi Melby and 18-year-old Scott Senger, both of Fargo, have pleaded guilty in the case.

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