Grand Forks man pleads guilty to fatal stabbing

Sahadev Ghalley, 45, accepted a plea agreement this week, agreeing to plead guilty to fatally stabbing a Grand Forks man in August 2020.

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A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty this week to fatally stabbing a man last August.

Sahadev Ghalley, 45, accepted a plea agreement with the state on Wednesday, March 31. He is scheduled to appear for a sentencing hearing on Sept. 3, after a presentence investigation has been conducted.

As part of the agreement, Ghalley pleaded guilty for a sentence of 50 years with the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with 20 suspended, for a total of 30 years in prison. He would also be sentenced to five years of supervised probation upon his release.

Grand Forks County District Judge John Thelen will decide whether to accept the plea agreement at the sentencing hearing in September.

According to court documents, Grand Forks Police officers were dispatched to a Grand Forks apartment the night of Aug. 30. When they entered the apartment, they found Ram Monger of Grand Forks bleeding from apparent stab wounds to his abdomen.


Monger was transported to Altru Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of his injuries at 2:30 a.m. the following morning.

Through interviews with witnesses and "gathering of evidence," Ghalley was identified as the assailant, according to police.

Ghalley faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole for the charge of murder with extreme indifference.

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