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Nathaniel Ryan, Stanley, sentenced to two years for reckless endangerment

Nathaniel Michael Ryan, 22, Stanley, was sentenced on Monday in district court in Stanley to four years in prison, with a requirement that he serve two years, and three years of supervised probation for firing a gun inside an apartment in Stanley on Aug. 16, 2020, and of injuring another man.

Ryan was found guilty by a jury in May of two counts of Class C felony reckless endangerment and acquitted of one count of Class C felony aggravated assault. The 29-year-old victim was shot twice and transported to Trinity Hospital in Minot for treatment. Two other men narrowly missed being hit. A 25-year-old man had retreated into a bathroom when the first shots were fired. A neighbor in an adjoining apartment narrowly missed being hit when a bullet came through his wall while he was lying in bed. Ryan claimed he grabbed his gun and started shooting because he had been jumped by two men and feared for his life.

Judge Stacy Louser gave Ryan concurrent sentences on both the Class C felony reckless endangerment charges. Ryan will receive credit for 89 days already served in jail. He must also $525 in court costs and have no contact with the victims.

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