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Accomplice in Mahnomen County deputy shooting gets 24 months in prison

Daniel Vernier is led out of the Mahnomen County Courtroom after his sentencing hearing Wednesday morning. (Jason Adkins photo)

MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- The admitted accomplice of the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey was sentenced to 24 months in prison Wednesday for his role in the incident.

Daniel Kurt Vernier, 27, pleaded guilty in July to the charge of failure to render assistance to the wounded deputy. Vernier was also sentenced to 30 months in prison on an unrelated domestic violence charge that had been suspended.

He could be out of prison in less than 18 months because of time served and due to the fact that only two-thirds of the sentence is served in prison, while the other third is spent in supervised release if Vernier maintains good behavior.

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