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Associated Press, Published August 07 2013

ND drug convict pleads guilty to new drug crime

BISMARCK — A Mandan businessman convicted of conspiring to sell synthetic marijuana has pleaded guilty to another drug crime.

Thirty-three-year-old William Nickel has been given a one-year suspended sentence and two years of probation for testing positive for methamphetamine, a misdemeanor.

The co-owner of the Big Willies smoke shop was sentenced last October to serve a year in prison for conspiring to sell synthetic marijuana, but his prison sentence is on hold while the North Dakota Supreme Court decides on his appeal.

A jury convicted Nickel and fellow co-owner Ryan Zueger on the felony charge in August 2012. Zueger was ordered to serve two years in prison. His sentence also is on hold.