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Forum News Service, Published October 04 2013

Detroit Lakes man gets more than 34 years for murder

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A Detroit Lakes man convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man this year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 34½ years in prison.

Ronald Quiceno, 39, was found guilty in August in the killing of Travis Buckanaga in January at the Kountry Manor Mobile Home Park north of Detroit Lakes.

Quiceno also received 60 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a sentence he will serve concurrently with the murder sentence.

In addition, Quiceno was sentenced to 36 months in prison for second-degree assault in connection with injuring Barris Guy during the same incident. That prison term will run consecutive to the murder sentence.

Judge Lisa Borgen said she sentenced Quiceno at the top end of the range set by the Department of Corrections because of his criminal history and because Buckanaga’s “type of death was horrific.”

Quiceno shot Buckanaga five times in the early morning hours of Jan. 26 at the mobile home park. A heated argument led to Buckanaga punching Quiceno in the face. Quiceno left the home, came back in and fired shots at Buckanaga. Guy was also hit in the neck by at least one of the shots.