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Fargo man acquitted of murder, sentenced on other charges

April 7, 2022 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo man accused of killing his girlfriend by causing her to tumble down a flight of the stairs was acquitted Thursday of murder but convicted of stealing a vehicle and sentenced to prison.

A jury found Cody Plumlee, 27, not guilty of murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the death of Kirsten Knaus, of Fargo. Plumlee was convicted on three other counts, including a theft of property charge that resulted in Judge Wade Webb handing down a three-year prison term to be followed by two years of probation.

Court documents show the altercation with Knaus happened during an argument in early December 2020 that included the whereabouts of keys to a car they were sharing. Plumlee said methamphetamine use had strained their relationship, KVRR-TV reported.

Plumlee allegedly pushed Knaus after she struck him in the head with a frying pan. Knaus was hospitalized with serious injuries and died in late December 2020.

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This version corrects the incident from last December to December 2020.