North Idaho Man to Serve Life in Prison for N.D. Murder

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A North Idaho man convicted of a shooting death outside a Williston, N.D., strip club in 2013 has been sentenced to life in prison.

According to The Jamestown Sun, based in Jamestown, N.D., 47-year-old Jonathan Horvath will serve his sentence without parole, after being convicted this past summer of killing 28-year-old Derrick Spiegel during a brawl in which he shot Spiegel in the face and head with a 9-mm handgun.

Horvath, a former Sandpoint resident who moved to Williston to work in the oil fields there, was arrested outside Billings, Mont., shortly after the shooting. According to the Billings Gazette, Horvath reached Montana by hitchhiking and was staying at the home of a resident he had befriended.

In addition to the murder charge stemming from the death of Spiegel, Horvath was also convicted of reckless endangerment and two counts of terrorizing.

Controversy surrounding the case—in which Horvath argued his weapon accidentally went off during the fight—required the trial to be moved to Wahpeton, N.D., nearly 450 miles east of Williston. He was sentenced Dec. 23 in Williams County District Court in Williston.