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Suspect in standoff with Fargo Police pleads not guilty

Leonard Ritter, the suspect in a nine-hour standoff with Fargo police in July, entered pleas of not guilty today on the five felonies he faces in connection with the incident.

Leonard Ritter, the suspect in a nine-hour standoff with Fargo police in July, entered pleas of not guilty today on the five felonies he faces in connection with the incident.

His attorney, Steven Mottinger, asked Judge Frank Racek to push the next hearing back four weeks to allow time for a psychological evaluation to be completed. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 18.

Ritter, who was involved in a standoff in 1994 that led to the creation of a local SWAT team, was charged with two counts of terrorizing and one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon, preventing arrest and reckless endangerment.

He's being held in the Cass County Jail on bail of $100,000.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Herald are Forum Communications newspapers.

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