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

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

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

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.