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Bismarck man sentenced to 14 years for killing brother

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A Bismarck man has been sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison for stabbing his brother to death on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in 2013.

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Orlen Francis Smith Jr., 26, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other assault charges in January.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Dakota, Smith used a switchblade to stab his brother, Daniel Smith, in the heart during a fight in Daniel Smith’s home in St. Michael, N.D. Orlen Smith also attacked two others in the home, stabbing one in the arm and causing a laceration to the other’s forehead.

Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Orlen, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, in U.S. District Court in Fargo.

Orlen has also been ordered to pay $11,436 in restitution and $300 to the Crime Victims Fund.

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