NW MN man gets 2 life sentences in connection with GF truck stop murder, meth ring

NW MN man gets 2 life sentences in connection with GF truck stop murder, meth ring Click to Enlarge

A Minnesota man convicted of leading a large meth ring in North Dakota and Minnesota, and ordering the killing of a man at a Grand Forks truck stop, will serve two consecutive life sentences in federal prison.

On Friday in Fargo, 35-year-old Modesto Torrez of Angus, Minnesota, received a life sentence for murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy, and another life sentence for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Torrez was sentenced by 8th Circuit Judge Ralph Erickson.

In October, a jury found Torrez guilty for conspiracy to distribute meth, obstruction of justice and for his role in the murder of 24-year-old Austin Forsman at the Flying J Truck Stop in March 2016.

Thirteen people were indicted in connection with the drug ring, including 32-year-old Krystal Feist of Grand Forks. She pleaded guilty in February to charges including murder and was sentenced in October to serve 30 years in prison.

Authorities say Feist shot and killed Forsman, while Forsman sat in a vehicle, on orders from Torrez.

Torrez was also ordered to forfeit $12,620, which was seized during the investigation.

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