CROOKSTON, M.N. (AP) — A jury found a 34-year-old Minnesota man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Mahnomen County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dewey.

The Grand Forks Herald reports jurors deliberated for about nine hours Wednesday and Thursday before convicting Thomas Lee Fairbanks.

The murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors asked state District Judge Jeff Remick to sentence Fairbanks immediately but defense attorneys asked for time to file an appeal.

Deputy Dewey was shot in the head and abdomen Feb. 18, 2009, while investigating a report of a drunken driver in Mahnomen. The deputy died last year of his injuries.

Fairbanks acknowledged he shot the deputy but said he was drunk and feared for his own life.

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Comments (4)
  1. please says:

    I hope to see this guy rot.

  2. JKB says:

    EXCUSES! EXCUSES! They never end! So were to excuse his murdering a cop because the damned fool was drunk? I too, HOPE he rots in prison! It is terrible to say, but, had Dewey survived, this guy could have gotten a much lighter” slap to the wrist “sentence. That would never have been right considering how Deweys life had been altered forever even if he had survived. I hope Mrs Dewey feels justice has been served for her husband. Possibly now clossure can begin. Horrible to have to have gone through that trial, reliving every second. Peace here.

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