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Published July 30, 2013, 09:24 AM

Prosecutor seeking jail time for ex-NDSU players

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cass County prosecutors plan to seek jail time for three former North Dakota State University football players accused of skipping out on court-ordered community service in an election fraud case.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Cass County prosecutors plan to seek jail time for three former North Dakota State University football players accused of skipping out on court-ordered community service in an election fraud case.

One of the three, Don Carter, of Fargo, appeared in court on a bench warrant Monday. Arrest warrants were issued for Aireal Boyd last month and for D.J. McNorton in May. Court documents do not list an attorney for any of the men.

They are among 15 people — most of them current or former Bison football players — who were accused of faking signatures on petition forms for two ballot initiatives last summer. The proposed ballot measures, which were thrown out because of the fake signatures, sought to legalize medical marijuana and establish an outdoor heritage fund.

All 15 pleaded guilty last fall to an election offense and were sentenced to probation, community service and fines.

Carter told Judge Frank Racek on Monday that he has not been in Fargo often enough to complete his sentence by the court's deadline because he has been traveling between Fargo and Baltimore to deal with his mother's medical issues, The Forum newspaper reported.

Racek set bond for Carter at $400 and scheduled his next court appearance for Aug. 19.

NDSU is the two-time defending champion in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

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