North Dakotan Man Gets 45 years in Drug-Sex Trafficking Case

Bismark, North Dakota, U.S.A. by Rapid City Journal (8/14/12) | A federal judge says a North Dakota man convicted of operating a drug and prostitution ring on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation must serve 45 years in prison.

A jury in April found Dustin Morsette, of New Town, guilty on several charges, including sex trafficking, sexual abuse, drug trafficking and witness tampering.

Morsette faced a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. Judge Daniel Hovland says Morsette deserved a stiff sentence, but says a life sentence “is harsh for a 23-year-old man with no criminal history, a childhood spent living in 21 different foster homes, and a life plagued with dysfunction and chaos.”

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