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Published September 24, 2010, 12:46 PM

Charges upgraded in death of Mahnomen deputy

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) - The man charged with shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey now faces a first-degree murder charge after Dewey's death.

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) - The man charged with shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dewey now faces a first-degree murder charge after Dewey's death.

Thomas Fairbanks was indicted late Thursday by a grand jury. The indictment upgrades the charges for a man previously charged with second-degree murder charge. The Minnesota Attorney General's Office is handling his prosecution. In all, Fairbanks faces 13 criminal counts. If convicted, he would receive a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Dewey was shot in the head and abdomen in February 2009 while investigating a report of a drunken driver in Mahnomen. He died Aug. 9.

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