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Forum Communications Co., Published May 24 2012

Jamestown woman appealing manslaughter convictions

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - A Jamestown woman is appealing her manslaughter and criminal conspiracy convictions.

Janelle Cave, 22, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 16 of charges in the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed on April 30, 2011. The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday with Southeast District Court.

Cave was sentenced on April 23 to 11 years in prison for the criminal conspiracy charge and eight years on the manslaughter charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Fritz Fremgen, Stutsman County state’s attorney, said the appeal was expected.

“It is normal in cases like murder or where there has been a sentence of several years,” he said. “We’ll see what the defense says and respond.”

David Ogren, defense attorney representing Cave, was not available for comment.

The notice of appeal filing begins the process of having the case reviewed by the North Dakota Supreme Court. Once the court reporter has prepared a transcript of the trial the defense then files its brief detailing the grounds or reason for appeal. The prosecuting attorney then files its reply to the appeal.

The case could then be reviewed by the North Dakota Supreme Court.