Mandan man convicted of manslaughter appeals case to State Supreme Court

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A 51-year-old Mandan man found guilty of manslaughter and arson has appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Rodney Friesz was accused of shooting 62-year-old Gene Jassmann after an argument in October 2014 and then burning the home that belonged to Friesz's brother.

Attorney Monty Mertz says he presented his client's argument Monday, and a decision will be made at a later date.

He was originally charged with murder, but a jury convicted him on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Friesz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the charges.