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Associated Press, Published November 23 2010

Man sentenced in North Dakota triple fatal loses appeal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a North Dakota crash that killed three people has lost his case before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Randolph Lone Fight of Mandaree was sentenced to more than 19 years in prison in the October 2008 crash on state Highway 23 in McKenzie County. He had been accused of driving drunk when his van collided head-on with a car, killing all three people in the car.

Lone Fight unsuccessfully argued in his appeal that the sentences for three counts of involuntary manslaughter should run at the same time, not consecutively. The judges said Lone Fight's criminal history stretches over 30 years and includes many alcohol-related offenses, and that a lengthy prison term is necessary to protect the public.

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