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Forum Communications, Published May 17 2012

Grafton man sentenced to 10 years for attempted murder

GRAND FORKS - A Grafton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving a neighbor into rural Walsh County and shooting at him.

Esteban Fermin Dominguez, 29, who was found guilty of attempted murder on Feb. 1 following a two-day jury trial, was sentenced Wednesday in Walsh County District Court.

He faced up to 20 years in prison on the charge, was sentenced to 15 years but will have five years suspended. Dominguez was also found guilty of terrorizing and will serve that sentence run concurrent with the sentence for attempted murder.

According to court documents, David Nelson Jr., 22, got a text message from his neighbor Dominguez at about 7 p.m. Aug. 4 asking Nelson to go for a ride with him. They were joined by a friend of Dominguez, Raymond Scott Wynne of Grafton.

Once they drove north of Grafton, Dominguez accused Nelson of stealing his car rims, which were stored in an unlocked shed in Dominguez’s yard.

All three got out of the car and Dominguez took a rifle out of the trunk. Nelson ran and Dominguez shot at him four times. Nelson fell to the ground in the hopes Dominguez and Wynne would believe he was hit.

Dominguez and Wynne drove off and Nelson walked back to Grafton.

Wynne pleaded guilty in October to a charge of being an accomplice, a Class C felony, and got a two-year suspended sentence.