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Published February 07 2008

State board denies parole for West Fargo man convicted in police shootout

BISMARCK (AP) - A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for his role in a 2003 shootout with police here has lost a bid for parole.

Brandon Keller, 23, of West Fargo, was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and reckless endangerment. He sought parole on the felony reckless endangerment charge but was denied because of the serious nature of the offenses, said Pat Bohn, deputy clerk of the Parole Board.

Had the board granted the request, Keller would have started serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder about a year earlier than scheduled.

The August 2003 gun battle at a Bismarck mobile home killed Keller's companion, Mike Sherman, 27, of Fargo. Police Sergeant Steve Lundin was wounded.

The 14-hour standoff began after police entered the home to search for drugs and the two men, who had arrest warrants outstanding.