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A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison for shooting a man last summer in Mandan.

Ryan James Azure pleaded guilty on Monday to 15 felony and misdemeanor charges in connection to a July 2 shooting. South Central District Judge David Reich sentenced him to a total of four years in prison, as well as two years of supervised probation.

Azure shot 37-year-old Melvin Jeanotte with a rifle after an altercation at Azure's residence at 909 Third Street S.E. in Mandan. Jeanotte's injuries were non-life-threatening, according to Mandan police.

Days after the shooting, Azure fled police during a traffic stop, according to court documents. He crashed his vehicle and fled on foot.

Police found methamphetamine on Azure and drugs and related items in his vehicle, according to an affidavit.

Kassandra Brady also was arrested during the traffic stop and charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

On Monday, Brady pleaded guilty to the charges and Reich gave her a two-year deferred imposition of sentence, meaning if she successfully completes probation and does not violate any criminal laws, the charges will be dismissed.

Reich in October forfeited the truck seized in Azure’s and Brady’s arrests. Civil asset forfeiture applies to property involved in criminal activity. North Dakota lawmakers are working on reform to the state’s forfeiture laws in this legislative session, such as adding a conviction requirement for forfeiture.

Tribune reporter Jack Dura contributed to this story.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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