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Published October 25, 2013, 03:40 PM

Man who ordered ND killing sentenced to 20 years

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A drug dealer accused of orchestrating a brutal attack on another man in western North Dakota has been sentenced to 20 years in prison

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A drug dealer accused of orchestrating a brutal attack on another man in western North Dakota has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jeffrey Butler, also known as Pops, pleaded guilty in April to kidnapping and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Authorities say he ordered others to kill Robert Osterhout, who survived the attack.

Osterhout was beaten with brass knuckles, cut with a razor blade, kicked, strangled and shocked with a stun gun. He was then tied up, placed in the trunk of a car and transported to Montana, where he was left for dead.

Four other people are charged in the kidnapping on the oil patch. Nicholas Woodford was sentenced to 15 years and James Odneal received 12 years. Tyler White and Zachary Mills have pleaded guilty.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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