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Published May 03 2012

Former Belcourt fire chief to plead guilty to theft of department's pickup

BISMARCK — The former fire chief of the Belcourt Rural Fire Department says he will plead guilty to theft of government property.

Authorities say Francis Demery retitled into his own name a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck he was using in his official capacity, and also used the vehicle for collateral on a loan.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The government says it will recommend a sentence of probation and restitution for the value of the pickup.