Bismarck man takes Alford plea in second rape case
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - A Bismarck man entered an Alford plea on Wednesday to a gross sexual imposition charge and was sentenced to five years’ probation.
Investigators say 65-year-old Russell Walbert inappropriately touched a minor multiple times between 2001 and 2004.
An Alford plea is a guilty plea, but the defendant claims to be innocent. It is used when a defendant lacks the evidence to support the defense.
Walbert is currently serving a 30-year-sentence after a Burleigh County jury found him guilty of four counts of GSI in November.
In that case, investigators say Walbert raped a 10-year-old girl multiple times.
Walbert is currently appealing his conviction to the North Dakota Supreme Court.
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