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Fairbanks trial verdict acts as sobering reminder

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Thursday afternoon, Thomas Lee Fairbanks was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey.

It was the right and fair decision by a jury who weighed all the evidence before them.

It was also an important verdict because it firmly reestablishes that peace officers who often put their lives on the line to protect us must also be protected from unjust excuses for unforgivable behavior.

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