High court upholds Minot man’s murder sentence

July 16, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the murder sentence of a Minot man convicted in a fatal shooting outside a Williston motel in 2017.

Alex Eggleston was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 30 years for the murder of Vance Neset, which took place in the Super 8 motel parking lot.

Eggleston appealed his sentence to the state Supreme Court, arguing the law was unconstitutionally vague as applied to him and a violation of his due process.

In upholding the sentence, the high court found that Eggleston’s argument was not adequately presented to the district court, so it will not hear the issue for the first time on appeal, KXMB-TV reported.

During the trial, Eggleston argued that he acted in self-defense. He testified that he pulled a gun on Neset and another man after they’d threatened him and that he’d only shot Neset because he was afraid for his own life.