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Published December 14 2010

Bismarck man appeals federal prison sentence

A Bismarck man sentenced last week on federal drug charges wants the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review his sentence.

Levi Foerderer, 29, was ordered to serve 14½ years in prison for his role in a drug-trafficking operation that funneled large amounts of methamphetamines to North Dakota.

Foerderer testified against his co-conspirators in the drug ring, risking harm from those who seek to retaliate against him.

Foerderer’s cooperation merited the reduced sentenced, which was recommended jointly by federal prosecutors and Foerderer’s attorney, Jeff Bredahl.

District Judge Ralph R. Erickson called the sentence “a gift” to Foerderer.

But in a hand-written letter filed Dec. 9 with Fargo’s U.S. District Court, Foerderer said he wants to appeal the sentence.

He does not explain why he’s seeking the appeal but asks for a court-appointed attorney because he cannot afford his own “without undue hardship.”