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Thomas Lee Fairbanks at his first court appearance in 2009 after being accused of shooting Mahnomen County deputy Christopher Dewey. Dewey was convicted of first-degree murder Sept. 1. Forum Communications file photo

Thomas Fairbanks sentenced to life in death of Mahnomen Deputy Christopher Dewey

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

MAHNOMEN, Minn. - Thomas Fairbanks was sentenced this afternoon to life in prison for the shooting death of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey.

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Fairbanks was found guilty on Sept. 1 of first-degree murder by a jury of five women and seven men.

District Judge Jeff Remick also sentenced Fairbanks, who turns 35 this month, two two consecutive 10-year terms on two separate charges of second-degree assault for shooting toward two White Earth tribal conservation officers during the standoff on Feb. 18, 2009, of failing to assist Dewey after he was shot, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of trying to steal Dewey's squad car after he shot Dewey in the head and torso.

Defense attorney Ed Hellekson has said Fairbanks will appeal the verdict.

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