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Bank robbery suspect's probation revoked
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

A Fargo teenager facing federal charges for bank robbery was given a one-year sentence Monday for violating his probation on a 2008 robbery charge.

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Prosecutors argued Matthew Christopher Becker violated probation on many grounds, including failing a drug test, failing to contact his probation officer, failing to pay fines and walking away from a halfway house facility.

Becker was an 18-year-old already on probation when he was arrested in connection with an Aug. 3 robbery at Town & Country Credit Union in West Fargo.

He received a deferred imposition and 18 months of supervised probation on a felony charge of solicitation of robbery that he pleaded guilty to on Feb. 4. The charge stems from an incident in November 2008 in which a man was held at gunpoint in an apartment robbery.

Reid Brady, an assistant state's attorney for Cass County, said Becker will get credit for 183 days served in jail, reducing the one-year sentence by half.

State charges against Becker in the bank robbery were dismissed because he has been indicted in U.S. District Court, Brady said.

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