Guilty verdict in Minot sex sting case

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot businessman will serve just over six more months in jail after a jury convicted him of luring minors by computer Wednesday.

The jury returned the guilty verdict against 59-year-old William Wallace.

Wallace had pleaded guilty to the charge in October of 2017. Investigators say the previous July, Wallace arranged to meet with what he thought was a 16-year-old girl he had met on the Internet, but it was actually an undercover officer.

The State Supreme Court later allowed Wallace to withdraw his guilty plea, ruling the lower court misinformed him on his sentencing.

The judge now ordered Wallace to five years, with him first serving 20 months, and he’ll receive credit for 13 months and 20 days already served.

Wallace will also have to register as a sex offender, and serve five years of supervised probation.