Supreme Court upholds life sentence for man found guilty of attempted murder

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 6:04 PM CST
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The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the sentencing for a man who was charged with attempted murder.

A jury found 41-year-old Branden Lyon guilty of attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm, and terrorizing in 2017.

He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Lyon appealed his sentence, and was granted a seconding hearing in April 2019.

Court Documents indicate the same sentence was given to him.

Lyon re-appealed a third time, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict him of attempted murder.

The Supreme Court denied his appeal on Wednesday.

Lyon barricaded himself in a Bismarck home for more than 12 hours in October of 2015.

Prosecutors say Lyon fired shots at police during the incident.

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