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Drug ring member beaten by fellow inmate in Grand Forks jail

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The East Grand Forks man in jail for giving a friend a fatal dose of synthetic drugs was beaten up by a fellow inmate for talking with authorities, according to a federal prosecutor Thursday.

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Brandon Lee Turner, 22, a convicted sex offender, faces a felony charge of retaliating against a witness in the alleged beating, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Shasky. The defendant, arraigned Thursday in federal court in Fargo, pleaded not guilty.

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