Man Gets Life For Killing Sheriff’s Deputy

CROOKSTON, M.N. (WCCO) — A 34-year-old Mahnomen, Minn. man has been sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity of parole for the shooting death of a Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Deputy.

In addition to life, Thomas Fairbanks was sentenced to another 20 years for the assaults on other Sheriff’s Officers and White Earth Conservation Officers.

Last week, Fairbanks was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Dep. Chris Dewey.

Dewey was shot in the head and abdomen in February 2009 and died 18 months later as a result of his injuries.

  • Lori L

    GOOD! It’s about time that people were held accountable for their actions! Doesn’t matter who they are, or where they come from. Enough of the “placating”, and “postering” and hold those people who commited a crime accountable. The only thing left should be immediate dispensing of those individuals- so we, the taxpayers, are not left with the burden! Sorry, but “an eye for an eye”! Enough of the “life in prison” for those that commit the ultimate sin, they deserve the same fate as their victims, and soon.

    • steve


    • Mike

      Good! That means if you sit as a jurist in the trial of Joe Sensors wife you will throw her in jail for life too!

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  • TL

    any other verdict or sentencing would have been anarchy.

    Score one for Law Enforcement.

  • Lori L

    Thank you Steve, and TI!

  • Jake

    This guy should have gotten the death penaly, since he was the member of a TRIBE, and a law enforcement officer was killed Federal law should be the proper venue, and outcome.

  • Lori L

    To Mike:If the evidence is there, and there is enough evidence to convict HER, then YES! Where do you see the difference in these cases? Both were murder-plain and simple- you do the crime, you do the time! Again, I don’t care who you are or where you come from! Or how much money you have!

    • Mike

      The difference is substantial. Besides life in prison, he got 20 years extra on his sentencing for assaulting officers. Amy Sensor won’t do 20 months in jail. You and I may have the same standards on responsibility and justice, but I can assure the law tilts in favor of those that can afford to manipulate it to their advantage.

    • Read

      Amy Senser is not a murderer. man slaughter. look it up.

  • Everybody funny

    What?! A murderer gets more time than someone caught with kiddie porn?! Good God, what’s this world coming to?!

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