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Forum staff reports, Published September 29 2010

New Town, ND man sentenced for sex crime

BISMARCK, N.D. — A New Town man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him of a sex crime.

Monty Mariner was charged with sexual abuse, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and assault with a dangerous weapon.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also ordered Mariner to pay more than $29,000 in medical bills.

Authorities say Mariner physically and sexually assaulted a woman inside a vehicle after leaving a house party in New Town last November, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.

The government had argued in court documents for a sentence of 40 years, citing the heinous nature of the crime.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.