MN: Man Sentenced to Prison for Killing Retired Police Chief


An Ogema man has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for fatally shooting a retired Lake Park police chief in Becker County.

Fifty-six-year-old Morris Dodd Jr. was earlier found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the 2018 shooting death of Jay Nelson, who was killed in his pickup truck on a trail near his family’s hunting cabin on the White Earth Reservation.

Dodd said he had fired a shot to spook a fawn and was scared to turn himself in after seeing news reports about Nelson’s death because he, as a sex offender, was not allowed to possess a gun, KVRR-TV reported.

A jury convicted Dodd of manslaughter. Prosecutors on Wednesday asked the judge to sentence Dodd to nearly eight years in prison.

Dodd’s lawyer asked for a sentence between five and six years, arguing it was a hunting accident.


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