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1 of 4 suspects in Minot shooting sentenced to 3 years in prison, probation under plea deal

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MINOT, North Dakota — One of four men accused of planning to commit a murder in Minot has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and been sentenced to serve three years in prison.

Charles Tomlin Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal facilitation. The felony carried a maximum punishment of five years in prison, compared with the life prison term possible under the initial charge against Tomlin.

He also must pay $1,100 in fees and serve five years on probation under his plea deal.

Tomlin and three others are accused of traveling to Minot in July 2013 seeking revenge for an acquaintance following a fight at a Minot bar. The shooting injured Christopher Docher, who was shot twice in the neck but survived.

Authorities allege the four suspects are members of a California-based street gang.

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