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Two N.D. men charged from Thanksgiving stabbing

Two North Dakota men who allegedly assaulted a man on Thanksgiving Day in Jamestown have been charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Ernest Castillo, 35, 734 11th St. NE No. 5, Jamestown, and Shawn Laber, 26, Mohall, N.D., were each charged Friday in Southeast District Court with the two Class C felonies. Both are in the Stutsman County Correctional Center and each has a $1,000 cash bond.

The men were arrested by the Jamestown Police Department on Thursday evening. Police were called to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center at 4:18 p.m. as the staff was treating a man who had been stabbed in the neck. The stab wound was about 2 centimeters long and 1 1/2 centimeters deep.

Court documents said Laber is scheduled to appear for a bond reduction hearing Thursday. Castillo is scheduled to appear for an arraignment and/or a preliminary hearing on Jan. 2 before Judge Thomas E. Merrick.

Court documents said Castillo and Laber were involved in an altercation with a 36-year-old Jamestown man at a residence in southeast Jamestown. The man was dating a former girlfriend of Castillo, according to court documents, and he went to the residence to talk with Castillo about “threatening statements” Castillo allegedly made about the man. When the man arrived, Castillo and Laber allegedly attacked the victim, with Laber allegedly stabbing the man with a steak knife, causing a wound on his neck, court documents said.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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