Bismarck man gets 17-plus year sentence

Bismarck man gets 17-plus year sentence Click to Enlarge

A Bismarck man with a criminal history has been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in federal prison.

Forty-eight-year-old Lonnie Howard was found guilty in April of possession of a firearm by a felon and escape.

Authorities say, in 2015, police found a loaded handgun and ammunition at a Mandan residence where Howard was staying.

While awaiting trial, Howard left a halfway house and was a fugitive for 11 months. In 2018, Howard was stopped on I-94, struggled with an officer and damaged another vehicle as he fled. He was apprehended nine days later in Bismarck.

U-S District Judge Daniel Hovland designated Howard an Armed Career Criminal under Federal law, due to prior felony convictions for armed robbery in Wisconsin and two serious drug offenses in North Dakota’s Burleigh County.

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