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Torrez given two life sentences for ordering Grand Forks truck stop murder

Modesto Alfredo Torrez

FARGO -- The man found guilty of ordering the shooting death of a 24-year-old at a Grand Forks truck stop in March 2016 was sentenced to serve consecutive life sentences in federal prison Friday.

Modesto Torrez, 35, was found guilty in October of ordering the shooting of Austin Forsman at the Flying J truck stop in what U.S District Judge Ralph Erickson called the most “nonsensical murder” he has seen in 25 years as a judge.

A jury found Torrez was the leader of a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that brought at least 11 pounds of meth to the Red River Valley.

Erickson sentenced Torrez to life for ordering the murder, which was carried out by Krystal Lynn Feist, and an additional life sentence for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy.

All 13 people charged in superseding indictment addressing the murder and the meth trafficking ring have been found or pleaded guilty.