43 months prison time for one suspect in murder conspiracy [UPDATED]Published 4:28am Monday, May 6, 2013 Updated 6:34am Monday, May 6, 2013
A woman who was part of an alleged plot that involved robbing and burning a house in Pelican Rapids, and murdering the occupants, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Kimberlly Dawn Ryan, 36, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced to 43 months in prison for first-degree conspiracy to commit assault Friday, April 26 in Otter Tail County District Court. She pleaded guilty Feb. 1. A second-degree conspiracy to commit murder charge was dismissed. Ryan was one of eight people, including three male juveniles, involved in the case.
According to the criminal complaint, the group drove two vehicles to a Pelican Rapids home Oct. 4, 2012 and brought along a crow bar, bear mace, a lead pipe, a knife, a machete, a metal baseball bat, gasoline and a gun. The plan was to kill everyone inside and burn down the house.
One of the house’s occupants, Fikret Saric, walked into the front yard and fired two gunshots, one of which struck the passenger side front door of one of the vehicles. The alleged motive in the case was to retrieve stolen marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a drug deal gone bad.