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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 21 2010

Richardson sentenced for 2007 stabbing in West Fargo

A man who was found guilty of aggravated assault for a 2007 stabbing incident was sentenced Monday to a combined sentence of five years prison and probation time.

LaSamuel Richardson III will serve 40 months in prison and 20 months on supervised probation, with credit for 389 days served.

A Cass County jury acquitted Richardson on attempted murder but found him guilty of aggravated assault, a Class C felony.

Richardson, who was 19 at the time of the incident, did not dispute stabbing Andrew Gregerson with a 7-inch kitchen knife in August 2007 in West Fargo, but argued he did so in self-defense.

Ryan Younggren, assistant Cass County State’s attorney, argued Monday that Richardson should be sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison because of his criminal history, which includes a separate stabbing that involved Richardson when he was a juvenile.

Judge Douglas Herman said he would have considered a more severe sentence, but he was “troubled” that Younggren didn’t file a notice to seek the maximum sentence sooner. The notice was filed a day before the 2008 trial.

During the hearing, Richardson expressed re­morse for his actions and said he wants to pursue a different path.

“I stand here today a better man, a grown man,” said Richardson, with members of his family sitting in the courtroom.

Defense attorney Jeff Bredahl asked for the sentence to include supervised probation so Richardson would have some guidance when he’s released from prison.

“He’s a young man who deserves a chance,” Bredahl said.

Judge Herman cautioned Richardson to make the right choices when he’s released from prison.

“It’s up to you what happens after that,” Herman said.

Richardson also has a robbery charge pending in Cass County for a 2007 robbery of Kum & Go in Fargo.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590