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Forum staff reports, Published June 20 2013

1 of three defendants in drug deal shooting pleads guilty

MOORHEAD – A man charged in the drug-related shooting of another man here in March has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case.

Michael Andrew Crittenden, 24, of Moorhead, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clay County District Court to one count of felony fifth-degree conspiracy to commit the sale of drugs.

Crittenden was arrested and charged with two other men, Tyshawn Darden, 20, of Fargo, and Samuel “Philly” Bullock, Jr., 25, in the March 6 shooting of former Minnesota State University Moorhead football player Anthony Sands.

Court documents say Crittenden told police he and Bullock went to Sands’ Moorhead home, where Bullock shot Sands in the stomach with a rifle after saying he was going to take Sands’ cash and drugs.

Crittenden was originally charged with first-degree aiding and abetting a murder, first-degree aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, and first-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, all felonies. According to the plea agreement filed in the case, those charges are dropped.

The plea deal also says Crittenden is expected to be sentenced to serve one year and one day on the fifth-degree conspiracy drug sale charge. His sentencing is set for July 30.