Two Men Sentenced in Beulah Shooting Death

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two North Dakota men convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in a Jan. 31 shooting in Beulah have been sentenced to prison.

District Judge Bruce Romanick sentenced 29-year-old Richard Whitman to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Borner was given a 30-year sentence in prison, with 10 years of that suspended.

Whitman and Borner were convicted in June in the shooting that left Mike Padilla dead and wounded his brother, Timothy Padilla of Billings, Mont.

Prosecutors say a dispute over money and drugs led to the shooting.

The case was moved from Mercer County to Burleigh County at the request of prosecutors because of pretrial publicity.


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