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Forum staff reports, Published August 20 2009

Sentence amended in restaurant robbery

A man sentenced in 2007 to nearly seven years in prison after being convicted of trying to rob the Moorhead McDonald’s restaurant at knifepoint received an amended sentence Monday.

Calvin Dwayne Brackins, 25, was initially sentenced in Clay County District Court to four years and 10 months in prison on a charge of first-degree burglary and to two years on a charge of first-degree aggravated robbery.

The sentences were to run consecutively.

Brackins appealed the sentences and the appeals court sent the case back to district court.

On Wednesday, the two-year sentence was amended to run concurrently with the four-year, 10-month sentence.

The case stemmed from an incident in October 2006. A court complaint said an assailant held a knife to the neck of a McDonald’s employee and demanded the victim open a safe.

The victim kicked the assailant in the face, and after a struggle, the attacker fled, according to the court complaint.