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Associated Press, Published January 06 2011

Canadian man sentenced for illegally entering US

MINOT, N.D. – A federal judge says a Canadian man who tried to enter the United States after he was deported must serve nearly four years in prison.

Theodore Halter was charged in North Dakota with re-entry of a deported alien. Authorities say he climbed over a fence near the International Peace Garden in August.

Halter told investigators he was on his way to Rochester, Minn., to settle a personal issue with the Social Security Administration. He had been deported in March after he was convicted in Minnesota of felony domestic assault.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Halter to 46 months in prison, with credit for time served.

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