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Jury finds Norberg not guilty on all charges

Dr. Jon Norberg reacts as the verdict is read Wednesday afternoon in the Cass County Courthouse. At his left is lead defense attorney Robert Hoy. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO - After a two-week trial, a Cass County jury took less than four hours today to acquit Fargo surgeon Jon Norberg on charges accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting his wife.

The jury of seven women and five men to begin deliberations at 8:30 a.m. today before returning the verdict at about 1:05 p.m.

Jon Norberg had faced a lifetime prison term on a Class AA felony charge of gross sexual imposition, as well as five years in prison on one count of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony.

Jurors found him not guilty on both charges as well as lesser charges on both counts they were required to considered.

Norberg showed little emotion when the verdict was read, other than a deep exhale of apparent relief.

The emotions flowed after the verdict, however. The surgeon's brother cried and then hugged Jon Norberg, who also embraced his West Fargo defense attorney, Robert Hoy.

Check back later this afternoon for updates.